The leader of the country Putin could target next is “very worried” because “no one is safe!” | World | New
Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița is sounding the alarm because her country could be next in Vladimir Putin’s attempted invasion. Russian forces made slow but significant gains in the eastern part as well as the southwestern part of Ukraine, bringing Russian troops closer and closer to Moldova. Prime Minister Gavrilița is increasingly concerned that the presence of Russian troops on the Modolva-Ukraine border could escalate into a full-fledged conflict with her country.
When asked how worried she was about a possible Russian incursion into Moldova, Prime Minister Gavrilița told CNN: “We are worried, of course it’s a risk.
“It is a hypothetical scenario for now. But if the military actions move further into the southwestern part of Ukraine and towards Odessa, then of course we are very worried, especially since the troops are on the territory of the secessionist region of Transnistria.
“We are doing everything we can to maintain peace and stability and to ensure that the fighting does not escalate.”
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria then asked, “If Russia were to get away with this aggression (against Ukraine) and retain the territories it has conquered since February 24, where would that put you?”
Prime Minister Gavrilita said: “It is a very difficult position not only for Modolva but for any small country, any country that relies on the rules-based international order if a country can start a war of annexation without any respect for international law, so in that sense no one is safe, and I think a lot of countries are worried.
Regarding the heavy price Moldova is paying since the start of the war in Ukraine, Prime Minister Gavrilita said: “Indeed, Modolva is the most affected country after Ukraine economically formed this war.
“We have already seen very high inflation, inflation in June was 32%. We continue to see rising energy prices. It has increased sixfold since the government took office a year ago. a year.
“Just to give people perspective, the average consumption of a family in Europe is around 5% of their income. In Moldova, before the crisis, it was 15%. Now, if the price is multiplied by six, then in fact it is above any level of reasonable affordability. But we really hope that our society and our people will be resilient enough to get through this very difficult time. »
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The Kremlin upped the ante in late June when Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov issued a veiled threat against Moldova and Ukraine when the two countries gained EU candidate status.
“It is very important for us that all these processes do not bring us more problems and more problems in the relations of the mentioned countries with us,” Peskov told reporters.
Fears are also growing over the overflowing conflict in the breakaway state of Transnistria. Officially part of Moldova, the unrecognized breakaway state of Transnistria could soon gain independence and become part of Russia.
In a double referendum held in 2006, a majority of Transnitrians voted to renounce independence and potential future integration into Movolva and endorsed potential future integration into Russia.
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