NATO fears Russian push to Moldova
- NATO fears Russian military will push beyond Crimea into eastern Ukraine and further south to Moldova’s breakaway Transdniestria– a Russian speaking industrialized region of Moldova, which broke away from the former Soviet state in 1990.
- In 2006 Moscow ignored Transdniestria’s attempts to join Russia.
- The Speaker of Transdniestria’s Parliament appealed to his Russian counterpart to provide legislative possibilities for the region’s accession to Russia after Crimea’s reunion with Russia, but it is not advisable for the 3 self-proclaimed republics to join Russia.
- Russia is portrayed as a country bent on seizing territories. But its top defence officials has sought to dispel Western fears of any Russian military move into Ukraine.
- 8 groups of foreign obervers from 9 Western nations did not establish any undeclared military activity posing threat to [Russia’s] neighbouring countries while inspecting the Russian troop deployments near Ukrainian borders.
- “Crimea is a bad precedent” according to Russia’s ally Belarus President Alexander and other post-Soviet states display unease over Crimea’s accession to Russia.
- Ukraine Crisis
- Crimea Referendum