‘We are very worried!’ Leader of country Putin could target next warns ‘nobody is safe’
VLADIMIR PUTIN’s potential next target’s leader is growing concerned about the Ukraine war spilling over, as her country is already taking a heavy toll.
07:55, Mon, Jul 25, 2022 | UPDATED: 10:07, Mon, Jul 25, 2022
Natalia Gavrilița says ‘nobody is safe’ due to Russian annexation
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Moldova’s Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița is sounding the alarms bells, as her country could be next in Vladimir Putin’s invasion attempt. Russian forces have made slow but significant gains in the eastern part as well as the southwestern part of Ukraine – bringing Russian troops ever closer to Moldova. Prime Minister Gavrilița is growing concerned the presence of Russian troops at the Modolva-Ukraine border could escalate into a full-blown conflict with her country.
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When asked how worried she was about a potential Russian incursion into Moldolva, Prime Minister Gavrilița told CNN: “We are worried, of course, this is a risk.
“It’s a hypothetical scenario for now. But if the military actions move further into the southwestern part of Ukraine and towards Odessa, then of course we are very worried, especially considering that troops on the territory of the secessionist Transnistria region.
“We are doing everything possible to maintain peace and stability and to ensure that the fighting does not escalate.”
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria then asked: “If Russia were to get away with this aggression (on Ukraine) and keep the territories that it has conquered since February 24, what kind of a position does that put you in?”
Natalia Gavrilița is growing concerned about Putin’s potential invasion of Modolva (Image: GETTY)
Natalia Gavrilița says Ukraine war could spill over into Modolva (Image: YOUTUBE/@CNN)
Prime Minister Gavrilita said: “This is a very difficult position not just for Modolva but for any small country, any country that relies on the rules-based international order if a country can start an annexation war without any regard for international law, then in this sense, nobody is safe. And I think that a lot of countries are worried.”
On the heavy price Moldova is paying since the war started in Ukraine, Prime Minister Gavrilita said: “Indeed, Modolva is the most affected country after Ukraine economically form this war.
“We saw already very high inflation, the inflation in June was at 32 percent. We continue to see a rise in energy prices. It has gone up sixfold since the government assumed office a year ago.
- “Just to give people a perspective, the average consumption of a family in Europe is about 5 percent of its income. In Moldova, before the crisis, it was 15 percent. Now, if the price goes sixfold, then actually this is above any reasonable affordability level. But we really hope that our society and our people are resilient enough to go through this very difficult time.”
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria asked Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilița how worried she is (Image: YOUTUBE/@CNN)
Transnitria could become part of Russia (Image: YOUTUBE/@CNN)
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The Kremlin upped the ante in late June when Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov issued a veiled threat to Moldova and Ukraine when both countries were granted the EU candidate status.
“It’s very important for us that all these processes don’t bring more problems to us and more problems in the mentioned countries’ relations with us,” Mr Peskov told reporters.
Fears are also mounting over the conflict spilling over from the breakaway state of Transnistria. Officially a part of Moldova, the unrecognised breakaway state of Transnistria could soon gain independence and become part of Russia.
- In a double referendum held in 2006, a majority of Transnitrians voted to renounce independence and potential future integration into Movolva and approved a potential future integration into Russia.