An eventual armistice in the war waged by Russia on Ukraine will represent a new threat to Ukraine and also to the Republic of Moldova, said Romanian foreign policy expert Mihai Isac. According to him, any respite Russia enjoys on the battlefield allows the Kremlin to strengthen its military, financial and human capacities to get ready for a new offensive. An eventual break on the front will enable Moscow to strengthen its positions in the Republic of Moldova too, in the perspective of the presidential and parliamentary elections of 2024 and 2025, IPN reports.
The expert said the West should further offer military support to Ukraine so as not to allow Russia to restore its forces during an eventual break on the battlefield.
“Even if an armistice is signed, Russia will use this to prepare for a new offensive and to intensify its operations aimed against the constitutional authorities in Chisinau. Any respite enjoyed by Russia on the frontline will turn into a threat to all the states, especially the Republic of Moldova. We see that Russia managed to cause problems in the Republic of Moldova even if it was busy with the war in Ukraine. If the intensity of this war decreases, Moscow will be able to allocate more financial and human resources to further destabilize the situation in the Republic of Moldova,” Mihai Isac stated in the program “Emphasis on Today” on TVR Moldova channel.
According to him, an eventual “freezing” on the frontline in Ukraine would exert great pressure on the Republic of Moldova as Russia would have time to strengthen its positions with the assistance of the pro-Kremlin forces in Chisinau. The scenario of a pro-Russian majority in Moldova’s Parliament would mean blocking of the country’s European course.
“We should not forget that two important electoral exercises will take place in the Republic of Moldova in 2024 and 2025 and a large part of the experts in Chisinau consider that this year’s local elections were a test for the upcoming elections. If Russia, with the support of criminal elements, manages to impose a non-expected majority in Parliament in Chisinau, we will see how the European course of the Republic of Moldova can be stopped by constitutional ways,” opined the expert.