NewsTransnistria seeks Russia's help amid economic blockade by Moldova

Transnistria seeks Russia's help amid economic blockade by Moldova

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23:  (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) talks to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) looks on while taking part in the wreath laying ceremony at the Unknown Soldier Tomb, marking the Defender of the Fatherland's Day, on February 23, 2024, in Moscow, Russia. Putin is candidate for the 2024 Presidential Elections. (Photo by Contributor/Getty Images)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 23: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) talks to Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu (R) looks on while taking part in the wreath laying ceremony at the Unknown Soldier Tomb, marking the Defender of the Fatherland's Day, on February 23, 2024, in Moscow, Russia. Putin is candidate for the 2024 Presidential Elections. (Photo by Contributor/Getty Images)
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2:52 PM EST, February 28, 2024

The deputies of Transnistria argue that Chisinau has initiated an "economic war" by abolishing customs benefits and intentionally hindering discussions with Tiraspol.

"The critical situation demands immediate and highly proactive international intervention to prevent an escalation of tensions and avoid a crisis," the document states.

Reports have surfaced suggesting that Putin is close to announcing Russia's intention to assume control over Moldova's separatist region, signaling a new confrontation with the West, the Daily Mail alerts.

Implications for the global community

"Russia's consideration of Transnistria as its territory could lead to its re-annexation, posing a challenge for the international community," says Gen. Waldemar Skrzypczak, Poland's former Land Forces head, in an interview with Virtual Poland. He underlines the importance of not allowing such an event to occur, as it would prompt Putin to seek recognition from countries close to Russia.

He adds that the quasi-parliament in Transnistria might express the desire to join Russia, raising questions about the legitimacy of such an action. "Nobody would recognize such a parliament or authority in Transnistria," he asserts.

In his view, Transnistria's potential request to join Russia could become a significant issue for the international community, with Vladimir Putin likely to approve such a proposal.

Upcoming speech by Vladimir Putin

A speech by Vladimir Putin, scheduled for February 29, is expected to address strategic directions for Russia's development, including discussions on Ukraine and NATO. This speech will be projected in theaters across 20 Russian cities and is promoted under the slogan "Goals will be achieved," emphasizing the Kremlin's intentions.

"Through mass showings, we aim to foster societal unity and strength," states a representative of Cinema 5. Gen. Skrzypczak speculates that Putin might depict NATO as a threat to Russia, using this narrative to justify Transnistria's request for Moscow's protection.

The topic of Transnistria's affiliations with Russia has been heating up. Previously, The Washington Post highlighted the Kremlin's imperial ambitions towards Moldova, suggesting that Moldova might struggle defensively in a potential conflict with Russia. It pointed out that Moldova's participation in international forums, despite not being a member of NATO or the EU, has provoked Putin's ire.

Understanding Transnistria

Transnistria, a region with a predominantly Russian-speaking population within Moldova, declared autonomy from the Moldovan government in the early 90s following a brief conflict and Russian intervention, achieving near-total independence. It maintains its government infrastructure, including a president, military, and currency. Despite its significant autonomy and support from Russia, no country has formally acknowledged Transnistria's independence.

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