The Kremlin is closely monitoring the situation in Transdniestria and is concerned about what is happening there, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.
“Naturally, the situation in Transdniestria is the object of our closest attention and a reason for our concern,” he said in response to a question about how the Kremlin assesses the situation there and whether it fears that the West might want to “undermine” it, tass.ru reported.
Peskov stated that the situation in Transdniestria is not calm, it is “provoked from outside”. “We know that our opponents both in the Ukrainian regime and in European countries are capable of various kinds of provocations. We are well aware of this and we are aware of it,” the Kremlin spokesman said.
Last week, the Russian Defense Ministry said the Kyiv regime was planning to carry out a provocation against Transdniestria in the near future. The ministry said the pretext for the invasion would be a staged attack by Russian troops from Transdniestria. Later, the defense ministry also reported about a significant accumulation of personnel and military equipment of Ukrainian units near the Ukrainian-Transdniestrian border.
The Moldovan authorities said that they did not see any direct security threats on the border with Ukraine.