According to an interview published on Friday, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said she wants to send Moldova modern weapons to protect it from the threat of a Russian invasion.
Truss tells The Telegraph that she believes Russian President Vladimir Putin is trying to create a “Greater Russia” and warned that vulnerable nations after the attack on Ukraine could soon become his next target. Truss said Moldova, which borders Ukraine to the south-west and is not a NATO member, should be prepared to repel potential attacks.
“I would like Moldova to be equipped according to NATO standards. This is a discussion we are having with our allies,” she told the newspaper. “Putin has been absolutely clear about his ambitions to create a bigger Russia. And just because his attempts to take Kyiv were unsuccessful does not mean he has given up on those ambitions.”
Moldova is one of the poorest countries in Europe and has taken in more than 435,000 Ukrainian refugees from the ongoing war, according to the BBC. Experts have noted that the nation could soon be Putin’s next target as it is home to a Russian-backed breakaway region called Transnistria.
In late April, Russian Major General Rustam Minnekayev reinforced these concerns when he said Russia plans to “take full control of Donbass and southern Ukraine” and open “a land corridor to Crimea” to “give the Russian army access to Transnistria.” procure”. Around the same time, a series of unidentified explosions hit the area, stoking fears that Moscow might be trying to destabilize the nation.
David Rivera, visiting professor of government at Hamilton College, narrated news week last month that the Russian President could attack Moldova with the same ideology with which he invaded Ukraine.
“Some of the concerns and justifications expressed by the Kremlin for its invasion of Ukraine — namely protecting ethnic Russians and Russian speakers from cultural and linguistic oppression, as well as physical oppression — could easily be extrapolated to Moldova’s Transnistria region as well,” he said.
Stefan Wolff, a professor of international security at the University of Birmingham, also said news week that an invasion of Moldova “would fit with Putin’s strategy of restoring as much as possible of the former Soviet Union as a Russian sphere of influence on which to base Russia’s great power status.”
Worries about Moldova come as other European nations seek to step up security protections amid fears Putin could escalate the war. Also on Saturday, Albania’s defense minister said he had bought Javelin anti-tank missiles to bolster its defenses, the Associated Press reported.
Putin’s invasion has met fierce resistance, and Russian forces have so far failed to capture the country’s capital or other strategically important cities. However, the war has wreaked havoc across the country, killing thousands of civilians and forcing millions of Ukrainians to flee.
Some critics have argued that Ukraine might have been better prepared to repel an attack if the US or Western allies had armed the country sooner. To prepare for future attacks, Truss recently said that the West needs to “double our support for Ukraine,” according to the BBC.
“If Putin succeeds, there will be more misery across Europe and terrible consequences worldwide. We would never feel safe again,” added the Foreign Minister.
https://www.newsweek.com/send-moldova-modern-weaponry-light-putins-clear-ambitions-truss-1708860 Send Moldova modern weapons in light of Putin’s “clear” ambitions: truss