Interview 01 Feb 18

Russians in Transnistria Remain Threat to Moldova

Moscow’s intensified troop movements and manoeuvres in the region of Transnistria are putting Moldova’s fragile security architecture at risk, a military expert says.

Madalin Necsutu
BIRN
Chisinau
Rosian Vasiloi. Photo: personal archive

For Rosian Vasiloi, the numbers speak for themselves. “I’ve done an analysis for the last few years, and anyone can see that Russia held 48 military exercises in Transnistria in 2016, while last year the number jumped to about 150 … but my estimate is that in 2017 there were in fact 200 military manoeuvres,” he told BIRN.

The 44-year-old retired Colonel from Moldova’s Border Police who worked also for the OSCE mission in Bishkek, is now a security and military analyst associate to the Chisinau-based Institute for Development and Social Initiatives – IDIS Viitorul.

Moscow maintains some 1,200 troops of the 14th Soviet Army, now called the Operative Group of Russian Troops, OGRT, in the so-called Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic.

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