Earlier, the results of the first round of the presidential elections were summed up in Moldova. The pro-Western politician Maia Sandu is gaining more than 36% of the vote, the current head of the republic, adhering to the pro-Russian course, Igor Dodon, is second with 32.61%. The outcome of the elections will be decided by the second round, which will take place on November 15.
The expert noted that there is certain insurance in the region in the form of peacekeeping forces, however, provocations against the peacekeepers themselves are possible.
“I think that at the current stage, possible clashes of provocations can hardly be expected. But if a coup suddenly takes place in Chisinau and the pro-Romanian forces gain the upper hand, then the risks for Transnistria will significantly increase. Both the pro-Romanian forces and Romania itself aim to build an ethnically pure state without any national-cultural or state-territorial autonomy. Therefore, they can flex their muscles,”says Ivanenko.
Moreover, external forces may be interested in the aggravation of Moldovan-Pridnestrovian relations, the source concluded.
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