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Moldova's Foreign Ministry responds to Transnistria's appeal to Russia for 'protection'

Moldova's Foreign Ministry responds to Transnistria's appeal to Russia for 'protection' Minister of Foreign Affairs of Moldova Mihai Popsoi (facebook com mihai popsoi)
Author: Maria Kholina

The call from Transnistria for "protection" from Moscow is seen as yet another element of hybrid warfare and an attempt to destabilize the situation in Moldova, as the country continues to remain a target for Russia, according to Moldova's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mihai Popsoi.

"Such statements have been made, are being made, and will likely be made again," he said.

Popsoi added that Moldova undoubtedly remains a target for Russia, especially in the context of upcoming presidential elections and a referendum on European integration.

"For some time now, we have observed attempts to destabilize the situation and promote narratives that contradict national interests and the interests of Moldovan citizens. However, Moldova has strengthened its stance over these two years, our state structures are becoming increasingly resilient to hybrid attacks. Citizens are learning not to allow themselves to be manipulated," he added.

The head of Moldova's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also commented on diplomatic relations with Moscow.

"In light of Russia's barbaric aggression against Ukraine, we have no choice but to downgrade the level of diplomatic relations. Until someone violates international law, kills civilians daily, and destroys their homes, such actions are unacceptable. Therefore, Moldova remains a supporter of Ukraine, its territorial integrity, and sovereignty," he concluded.

Transnistria's call for 'protection': Details

Earlier, there were reports in the media that Transnistrian deputies during their congress on February 28 would supposedly ask Putin for annexation to Russia. On February 28, deputies of the so-called Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) or Transnistria appealed to Russia for protection amid the "increased pressure from Moldova."

The U.S. State Department stated that the United States supports Moldova's sovereignty and closely monitors events surrounding the so-called Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic. In turn, Mykhailo Podoliak, an advisor to Ukraine's President's Office, said that such actions absolutely make no sense.