Moldovan Vice Prime Minister for Reintegration, Oleg Serebrian, has suggested that the recent alleged terrorist attack on officials in Tiraspol and the OSCE delegation was an attempt to restrict access for foreign diplomats in the Transnistrian region. Speaking on Radio Moldova, Serebrian did not rule out the possibility that these actions could be part of a destabilization plan by the Russian Federation to cause unrest in the Republic of Moldova.
Serebrian noted that such actions had been observed throughout 2022 and that the Transnistrian region could be inadvertently or intentionally drawn into a destabilization plan. He emphasized that as long as there are problems related to the region, including foreign military presence, the presence of important arsenals at Cobasna, and issues related to its unresolved status, the risk of destabilization remains high.
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The alleged terrorist attack occurred on March 9, when the self-proclaimed Ministry of State Security in the Transnistrian region claimed to have prevented an attack on several officials in the unrecognized republic. The attack was allegedly planned at the direction of the Security Service of Ukraine. However, Ukrainian authorities have denied the accusations and have described them as a staged provocation by Moscow, which “occupied and controls” the Transnistrian region.
The situation in the Transnistrian region has long been a source of tension between Moldova and Russia, with Moldova seeking to reintegrate the region into its territory while Russia has provided military and economic support to the unrecognized republic. The recent alleged terrorist attack has raised concerns about the potential for further destabilization and violence in the region.