Is Moldova Next?

Moldova’s Transnistria region is set to host a significant gathering of deputies on February 28th, marking a momentous event not seen since 2006 during a pivotal referendum on joining Russia.

Reports circulating suggest that this assembly may serve as a platform for Transnistria to formally request annexation by Russia, heightening existing tensions in the region. These tensions have been fueled by Moldova’s recent implementation of what Transnistrian officials deem as unjust customs regulations and logistical obstacles, particularly impacting the flow of essential supplies into the region.

Highlighting the gravity of the situation, the Speaker of Transnistria’s parliament has emphasized the challenges faced by the region and has called upon deputies to convene and deliberate on potential courses of action.

Amid growing concerns over a potential humanitarian crisis and violations of citizens’ rights, Moldova’s Reintegration Bureau has moved to allay fears, asserting that there is no indication of a deteriorating situation and no confirmed request for annexation.

However, some Moldovan opposition figures anticipate Transnistria’s formal appeal for annexation to Russia, echoing the sentiments of Romania’s foreign minister, who drew parallels between the current situation and the 2014 annexation of Crimea. The minister implied potential Russian motives and underscored the importance of international reactions in shaping the outcome of this geopolitical maneuver.

However, Russia’s ability to intervene effectively has been significantly hampered by Ukraine’s strategic military actions over the past two years. A series of targeted strikes by Ukrainian forces have resulted in the sinking of numerous Russian landing ships, severely undermining Russia’s logistical capabilities in the area.

The most recent incident was seen on February 14, 2024, with a targeted strike by Ukrainian forces resulting in the sinking of the Russian Navy’s Caesar Kunikov off the southern coast of Crimea, illustrating Ukraine’s determination to challenge Russian dominance in the region.

As tensions mount and speculation continues to swirl, the outcome of the February 28th meeting stands poised to potentially have significant ramifications for the future trajectory of Transnistria and its relationship with Moldova.

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