Igor Grosu: Partial mobilization in Russia concerns us

The partial mobilization announced by President Vladimir Putin in Russia concerns the Moldovan authorities. Parliament Speaker Igor Grosu said the subject will be discussed at the upcoming meeting of the Supreme Security Council, in which there will be analyzed the eventual risks resulting from this mobilization. The Republic of Moldova should be ready for a new wave of refugees. For now, there is no imminent danger threatening Moldova’s security, IPN reports.

Two days ago, the Russian leader announced a partial mobilization that will cover about 300,000 reservists. Vladimir Putin said the partial mobilization applies only to the persons who have military training. Speaker Grosu said the announcement worries the Moldovan authorities as the developments on the battlefield can change.

“We do not see an imminent danger threatening the Republic of Moldova but this does not mean that the partial mobilization does not concern us. 300,000 people is a lot. This can lead to escalation. If 300,000 armed men are taken to the combat zone, this is evidently a concern. The President convoked the Supreme Security Council so that we examine reports by the law enforcement and security institutions. We will see their analyses, field information as to the repercussions for the neighboring areas Odessa, Mykolaiv. Currently, Ukrainian, international military experts say the Odessa region is not under threat. A new wave of refugees is a first thing that can hit us,” Igor Grosu stated in the program “Black Box” on TV8 channel.

The official noted that the rhetoric of Russian officials and of the President of Belarus Alexandr Lukashenko, according to which the Republic of Moldova can be the next target after Ukraine, is designed to distract public attention from the failure of the war.

“The messages from Moscow and Minsk referring to us are aimed at two targets
. The first target is their internal public. The invading side didn’t achieve great results and even sees regression. That’s why the internal public needs an encouragement message. On the other hand, this rhetoric fuels the fifth column in our country, including the fugitives who would sell the country to save their skin and property. I don’t think the threat with the use of nuclear weapons is real. I believe the people there are reasonable beyond the bravado shown on TV,” said Speaker Grosu.

President Maia Sandu called a meeting of the Supreme Security Council for September 24. Regional security in the context of the war in Ukraine is the main item on the agenda.

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