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There is growing concern in the West that Russia’s next move following its annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula will be Transnistria, a split-away province of the former Soviet province of Moldova, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Transnistria, an autonomous region within Moldova, seeks independence from the country but, given that the majority of the population there is of Russian ethnicity, some 2,000 Russian peace keepers are in the region. They’ve been there since 1992.
In that year, a conflict broke out between the Moldova government and ethnic Russians. However, a ceasefire was worked out, leading to establishment of a demilitarized zone enforced by Russian troops.
The concern in the West is that the Kremlin will be looking to “stabilize” the region, following its annexation of Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t discouraging the prospect.
From a strategic standpoint, Moldova is located between Russia, Turkey and countries of the European Union.