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Ukraine war: Europe’s entire future depends on Ukraine’s victory, Moldovan minister warns

Speaking in moldova’s capital Chisinau, Nicu Popescu told Sky News that Russia’s recent statements were “really worrying” for his country.

Ukraine war: Europe's entire future rests on Ukrainian victory, warns Moldovan minister
Ukraine war: Europe’s entire future rests on Ukrainian victory, warns Moldovan minister

Moldova’s foreign minister told Sky News that the future of his country and Europe depends on how the war ends in Ukraine.

In a candid interview from his office in the capital Chisinau, Nicu Popescu revealed that:

Moldova is on “high alert”
The future of Moldova and Europe depends on Ukraine’s victory.
“forces” in the breakaway region of Transnistria “staged a provocation”

Moldovan is “not at the stage of talking about arms supplies” but is working closely with its Western partners.
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On the importance of a Ukrainian victory over Russia, Popescu said: “The future of the entire continent depends on Ukraine’s ability to maintain its political system, country and resilience.

“And in this sense, the fate and future of every country in this part of the world, of the whole of Europe, depends on how this war ends; Where it ends and when it ends.”

Popescu said last week’s unexplained attacks in the breakaway region of Transnistria had increased the risk to Moldova.

“Moldova was in a very difficult area at a very difficult time. We are Ukraine’s most fragile neighbor, of course, we have been affected in many ways.”

“And of course now, we see that the situation is getting worse… “In the last few days, with a number of explosions occurring in moldova’s Transnistria region, we are also increasingly affected by regional instability.”

On Monday, three men fired rocket-propelled grenades at a state security office in the separatist region of eastern Moldova, which is linked to Russia and borders Ukraine.

The foreign secretary said the attacks were a “staged provocation” but he would not be attracted to exactly who he believed was responsible.

“We don’t know. Legally, part of moldova’s Transnistrian region, [but] in fact, our authorities have no control. So we have no control, we don’t have access to CCTV cameras, for forensics. We have some operational theories, but we are not in a situation to explicitly hold these attacks accountable. ”

The Foreign Minister, who is also deputy prime minister, said: “We understand that while the majority of transnistria’s residents want to live in a peaceful environment they do not want to end up in a war zone, however. Forces inside Transnistria hoped to benefit from rising tensions, and they orchestrated this provocation, which was the attack in Tiraspol. ”

Last week, a Russian general announced a four-point plan for the next phase of ‘special military operations’ in Ukraine, which specifically mentioned Transnistria.

The plan raised the prospect of uniting Russian forces as they tried to push westward from eastern Ukraine with a Russian regiment already stationed in Transnistria.

About 1,000 Russian troops have been stationed, ostensibly peacekeepers, in the unrecognized republic since it split from Moldova in 1992.

On preparations for a possible Russian invasion of Transnistria or even on the rest of Moldova, Popescu said: “Statements like those made by this Russian general are really worrying.

“Of course, it’s completely useless if it creates new tensions. In the past, the Russian Federation has distanced itself from this statement.

“So, formally, Russia says that position is not a unified message, and at the same time we all know that the situation is quite volatile.

“It’s a risk. We are constantly seeing voices within Russia calling for a greater and more ambitious goal of war.

“At the same time, it is clear that the war in Ukraine did not go ahead as planned. So here, the intention may be the intention, but the reality on the ground always tends to be different.”

Moldova is a neutral country and the foreign minister said that would not change.

He was more explicit about how neutrality is compatible with self-defense capabilities but would not be drawn on whether Moldova would require Western military support.

“Neutrality does not exclude and prevent us from cooperating on security, on foreign policy, on defense issues.

“We’re not at the stage of talking about arms supplies, but of course for a long time we’ve had very good cooperation between the Department of Defense and our partners, between the police and our partners, and those conversations continue and there are projects where our military cooperates. With nato member states. ”

Pushing on the issue, he said: “Listen, we’re not in a position now to preconceived about how things are going to progress. I will tell you very frankly that prejudice and speculation are also very dangerous.

“But we are preparing anyway and we are prepared for any possibility.

“And exactly what we do in this preparation, we don’t want to discuss the details when it comes to facts or the future, which of course we can’t predict.”

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