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Vladimir Putin should steer clear of “brutal” action in Moldova and would likely opt for tactics that spark a pro-Moscow rebellion rather than outright war, an expert has told Express.co.uk. On Monday, a Russian missile landed in Moldova, which borders Ukraine to the southwest of the war-torn country.
After Moscow launched a wave of strikes in key cities in Ukraine, the Interior Ministry in Chișinău said a missile intercepted by Ukrainian air defense had landed on Moldovan territory.
The missile landed in the village of Naslavcea in the far north of Moldova.
It was noted as the first “spillover” of the Ukrainian war into a neighboring country since the invasion began in February.
However, Dr Marina Miron of the Department of Defense Studies at King’s College London, argued that “the fact that the remnants of the Russian missile hit a village in Moldova does not really mean an escalation”, as the missile was intercepted by the Ukrainian air defense and was not specifically aimed at Moldova.
Even strategically, according to Dr. Miron, Vladimir Putin would not currently be eager to open another front in the war for his depleted military forces.
Despite Russia’s interest in Moscow-backed Transnistria, a breakaway region of Moldova, Putin can ill afford to redirect his “overstretched” forces to a country with EU candidate status and EU backing. NATO.
Dr Miron told Express.co.uk: ‘The most likely move for Russia would be to try to start a ‘revolution’ in Moldova rather than be brutal.
The Moldovan Interior Ministry said in a statement on Monday that several houses were damaged when the missile landed.
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The Moldovan Foreign Ministry later reportedly told the Russian ambassador to the country that “missile attacks on a neighboring country continue to increase the security risks, and the citizens of our country increasingly feel plus the devastating consequences of war”.
The ministry then said that the Kremlin’s increasing attacks on Ukraine’s critical energy infrastructure put Moldova’s energy security at risk.
The Moldovan foreign minister condemned Moscow’s missile attacks on Ukraine in “the strongest possible terms”.
Nicu Popescu wrote on Twitter: “The appalling strikes on critical infrastructure reverberate beyond Ukraine’s borders and pose a direct threat to Moldova’s energy – and human – security.”
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Earlier this month, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General said he appreciated “Moldova for its contributions to international security”, and underlined “NATO’s commitment to deepening its partnership with [Moldovan capital] Chişinău”.
In July, Moldova’s prime minister said the former Soviet nation was “worried” about the possibility of Russian forces crossing Ukraine to arrive at Moldova’s borders.
Natalia Gavrilița told CNN: “It’s a risk, it’s 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.”
She described the “very difficult position” Moldova currently finds itself in, noting that the nation “is the most affected country after Ukraine economically by this war”.
She continued: “We are very worried, especially since troops are on the territory of the breakaway region of Transnistria.
“We are doing everything we can to maintain peace and stability and to ensure that the fighting does not escalate.”