Russian Foreign Minister refers to Moldova as the "future Ukraine."

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Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, says the West is eyeing Moldova as the next Ukraine.

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 Moldova is seen as vulnerable to an escalation of the war in Ukraine, with part of its territory, Transnistria, being controlled by Russia-backed separatists.

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Recent comments from Moldovan President Maia Sandu about the possibility of joining NATO have angered Moscow.

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Lavrov says the West placed a president in Moldova who is eager to join NATO.

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Political commentator Dionis Cenusa warns Moldova is on high alert after Lavrov's statement, due to the possibility of missile attacks and military risks via Transnistria.

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There have been fears since the invasion of Ukraine that Russia might extend the war to Moldova or use its influence in Transnistria to create internal unrest.

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Lavrov's statement received a critical response from Moldova’s pro-EU authorities, with Foreign Affairs Minister Nicu Popescu calling it “unfriendly and incorrect”.

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Popescu argues that Russia’s unfriendly action towards Moldova is the maintenance of the separatist regime in Transnistria and that Chisinau's main objective is to solve this problem through peaceful and diplomatic methods, with support from the international community.

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