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  • Romania Is Starting to Freak Out About Russian Designs on Transnistria

    10/17/2015 2:56:48 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 21 replies
    VICE News ^ | October 6, 2015 | 11:00 am | Torie Rose DeGhett
    Romania is taking dramatic steps to modernize its military. Driven by fears of Russian aggression, worries about older weaponry and equipment, and a not-completely-altruistic desire to protect neighboring Moldova, the government is committed to increasing its defense spending over the next decade. A document recently obtained by the Romanian news site reveals that the government is planning to use a national emergency procedure that will allocate more state funds to domestic defense companies. The document argues that the country's lack of investment in its defense industry "could significantly injure the basic interests and security of the Romanian state." This...
  • Transnistria shapes up as next Ukraine-Russia flashpoint

    06/03/2015 6:12:53 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    Financial Times ^ | 6-3-2015 | Neil Buckley
    Keep an eye on Transnistria, the pro-Russian breakaway state in Moldova. On Monday, Dmitri Trenin, one of Russia’s best-known foreign policy analysts and a man with good Kremlin antennae, tweeted: “Growing concern in Moscow that Ukraine and Moldova will seek to squeeze Transnistria hard, provoking conflict with Russia.” On Tuesday, a columnist in the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper warned that Russia “seriously faces the prospect of a repeat of the [2008] situation” – when it went to war with Georgia – “this time around Transnistria”. What sparked the tensions was a May 21 vote in Ukraine’s parliament to suspend military co-operation...
  • Commander of US Army in Europe Sees Russia Mobilizing for War

    02/15/2015 6:22:35 PM PST · by presidio9 · 252 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | February 09, 2015 | Sohrab Ahmari
    'I believe the Russians are mobilizing right now for a war that they think is going to happen in five or six years —not that they're going to start a war in five or six years, but I think they are anticipating that things are going to happen, and that they will be in a war of some sort, of some scale, with somebody within the next five or six years." So says Lt. Gen. Frederick "Ben" Hodges, commander of U.S. Army Europe.... "Strong Europe!" reads a sign on one of the walls. Next to it is the U.S. Army...
  • A Russophobic Rant From Congress

    12/09/2014 8:25:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 43 replies ^ | December 9, 2014 | Pat Buchanan
    Hopefully, Russians realize that our House of Representatives often passes thunderous resolutions to pander to special interests, which have no bearing on the thinking or actions of the U.S. government. Last week, the House passed such a resolution 411-10. As ex-Rep. Ron Paul writes, House Resolution 758 is so "full of war propaganda that it rivals the rhetoric from the chilliest era of the Cold War." H. R. 758 is a Russophobic rant full of falsehoods and steeped in superpower hypocrisy. Among the 43 particulars in the House indictment is this gem: "The Russian Federation invaded the Republic of Georgia...
  • Transnistria Declared Mobilization

    08/20/2014 11:16:46 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 15 replies
    Publika.MD ^ | 8-21-2014 | Publika
    (Google Translated) Transnistria declared mobilization. Chapter Tiraspol administration Yevgeny Shevchuk signed a decree calling all conscripts, reservists and employees of so-called state structures. In a paper published on the official website Shevchuk says that during the months of Transnistria will be charges in military peacekeeping force. The decree will come into force tomorrow. Responsibility for its implementation rests with the head of the regional department of defense. Earlier in Transnistria repeatedly stated about possible provocations on the part of Ukraine , which could lead to armed clashes.
  • Moldova confiscates petition from deputy Russia PM

    05/11/2014 1:09:14 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 9 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 1 hour ago [2014-05-11] | Associated Press (AP)
    CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan authorities say they have stopped Russia's deputy prime minister from leaving the country with a petition calling on Moscow to recognize a separatist region. [....] Rogozin visited the separatist province of Trans-Dniester, where 1,500 Russian troops are stationed, to celebrate Victory Day on Friday. He offered support to separatists and criticized Moldova's government for seeking closer ties with the European Union.
  • Moldova's President Repeats Calls For Russia To Leave Transdniester

    05/06/2014 4:01:06 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    RFE/RL Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | Tuesday, May 06, 2014 | RFE/RL Moldovan Service Director Oana Serafim in Prague
    M oldova’s President Nicolae Timofti has reiterated calls for Russian forces to withdraw from Moldova’s breakaway Transdniester region. In an interview with RFE/RL in Prague on April 25, Timofti compared the deployment of Russian forces in Ukraine’s Crimea region in February to the crisis in 1992 over Moldova’s Transdniester region. "I want to tell you, in fact, that in the Republic of Moldova we've been through this scenario in 1992 and we have Russian troops on our territory, which are there against our will,” Timofti said. “We want these troops to be withdrawn,” he said. “There are also international agreements...
  • Moldovan Forces Put On Alert As Ukraine Crisis Worsens

    05/05/2014 11:07:14 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 8 replies
    RFE/RL Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty ^ | Tuesday, May 06, 2014 | Based on reporting by AP and Reuters
    Moldova has placed its border forces on alert, citing deteriorating security and escalating violence in neighboring Ukraine. [....] Moldova has about 1,500 Russian troops stationed within its breakaway Transdniester region. Separatists in Transdniester recently asked to be united with Russia. Moldova's pro-European prime minister has warned about “provocations” from Transdniester. NATO officials have warned that Transdniester could become a target of Russian military activity.
  • SBU: Yanukovych allies Arbuzov and Klymenko financed riots in Odessa

    05/04/2014 7:07:47 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 3 replies
    Kyiv Post ^ | May 3, 2014, 2:07 p.m. | Oksana Grytsenko
    “Subversion in the Ukrainian city of Odessa that was financed by former top officials was targeted at disruption of stability on the south of Ukraine,” said Kateryna Kosareva, SBU press spokeswoman. “Its organizers were planning that it would be the beginning of full scale instability on the rest of southern regions of our country.” Kosareva said the people who instigated the clashes came from the breakaway Moldovan region of Trasnistriaand were coordinated by Russian subversives. Bordering with Odessa Oblast, Transnistria as been for years a stronghold of pro-Russian forces and have thousands of Russian troops on its territory.
  • Transnistria Trafficking Arms / Transnistrie Trafic d'Armes Aux Portes de L'Europe

    04/28/2014 10:22:38 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX
    YouTube ^ | December 2005 | CAPA
    Transnistria Trafficking Arms / Transnistrie Trafic d'Armes Aux Portes de L'Europe [5 part Video]
  • Another Transnistrian Spy Captured in Ukraine

    04/28/2014 2:43:58 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 11 replies
    Ukrains’ka Pravda in ^ | March 31, 2014 | Petro Zamakis
    Today the Security Service of Ukraine managed to capture a KGB captain of the self-proclaimed Transnistrian Moldavian Republic. He came to Ukraine for intelligence purposes and was captured during the special operation performed by Ukrainian counterintelligence. [....] S. Kuz’muk goal was to establish the illegal import of weapon on the territory of Ukraine from Transnistian Republic in order to destabilize the political and social situation before the presidential elections. Also, the Transnistrian spy had been gathering information about Ukrainian military forces, their location, readiness. During the interrogation, S. Kuz’muk confirmed his connection with the KGB office of the Transnistrian Moldavian...
  • Transnistria: a den of crime, hotbed of human rights abuses and a risk to international security

    04/28/2014 12:17:45 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 10 replies
    conservativehome ^ | November 18, 2009 | Daniel Hamilton
    Since 1956, Transnistria has been home to Russia’s 14th Army who has capitalized on its convenient strategic geographic position to garrison troops and stockpile munitions. The collapse of Soviet rule in Moldova had inspired hopes that such troops would depart the state’s newly-liberated territory. On August 27th 1991 the Moldovan Parliament – comprised of MPs from across the country’s territory – passed a declaration calling on Russia to "to terminate the illegal state of occupation and annexation and the withdrawal of Soviet troops from its national territory". Despite a binding agreement between Moldova’s Prime Minister Andrejz Sangheli and Russia’s Viktor...
  • Explosion injures several at pro-Ukraine checkpoint near Odessa

    04/25/2014 6:51:39 AM PDT · by kronos77 · 2 replies
    Residents from port of Odessa have built checkpoints near town to stop pro-Russian separatists entering from Transdniestria Share 29 inShare 0 Email Reuters in Kiev, Friday 25 April 2014 08.28 BST A Ukrainian policeman mans a checkpoint on the road near Barvinkove. Photograph: Anatoliy Stepanov/AFP/Getty Images Seven people were injured overnight at a pro-Ukrainian checkpoint near Ukraine's Black Sea port of Odessa when an explosive device blew up, local police said. Residents in the town have built several checkpoints near the town aimed at stopping pro-Russian separatists entering from Moldova's breakaway territory of Transdniestria. "It was an explosive device....
  • Moldova breakaway region urges Russia to recognise independence

    04/16/2014 12:50:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Global Post ^ | 04/16/2014
    Lawmakers in Moldova's pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniestr on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on Moscow and the United Nations to recognise its independence. Transdniestr, a strip of land bordering Ukraine, broke away from Romanian-speaking Moldova following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Some analysts suspect Russia is eyeing the territory, which consists mostly of Russian speakers, in the wake of last month's annexation of Crimea. The resolution adopted unanimously by Transdniestr's self-appointed parliament on Wednesday called on the international community to recognise the region as a "sovereign independent state". "According to the universally recognised norms of international...
  • Russia Conducts Military Exercises In Moldova's Breakaway Region Near Ukraine's W Border

    03/29/2014 9:56:47 AM PDT · by onyx · 23 replies
    International Business Times ^ | March 26, 2014 | David Kashi
    Days after a top NATO commander warned of Russia’s military buildup on Ukraine’s eastern border, Russian troops staged military exercises in Moldova’s breakaway region of Transnistria, which borders Ukraine on the southwest, the Russian news agency Interfax reported Wednesday. "There is absolutely sufficient [Russian] force postured on the eastern border of Ukraine to run to Transnistria if the decision was made to do that, and that is very worrisome," U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove, NATO's supreme allied commander in Europe, said Sunday at the Brussels offices of the German Marshall Fund of the United States, a Washington, D.C.-based...
  • Twenty Years of Russian “Peacekeeping” in Moldova

    07/28/2012 8:51:14 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 4 replies
    Twenty years ago, on July 21, 1992, the Russian 14th Army’s intervention in the Transnistria conflict forced Moldova to accept the deployment of Russian “peacekeeping” units. Six days later (July 28), the first of those units was air-lifted from Russia’s interior to Moldova, on both banks of the Nistru (Dniester) river. Twenty years later, Russian troops both with and without a “peacekeeping” title are still keeping, not the peace in Moldova (Chisinau’s pitiful military is weaker than Tiraspol’s), but keeping the territory for Russia. Russian "peacekeepers" in Moldova Russia’s “peacekeeping” scenarios in Moldova/Transnistria in 1992 and in Georgia/South Ossetia in...
  • Germany and Russia call for new EU security committee

    06/07/2010 11:33:51 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 41+ views ^ | June 7, 2010 | ANDREW RETTMAN
    EUOBSERVER / BRUSSELS - Germany and Russia have called on the EU to create a new foreign minister-level security forum to handle issues such as Transnistria. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made the proposal at a joint press conference following bilateral talks in Meseberg castle, 40km north of the German capital, on Saturday (5 June). "There is now a committee of ambassadors in Brussels that deals with security issues," Ms Merkel said, referring to EU Council's Political and Security Committee (PSC). "This committee could be further developed, so that there is regular and ongoing contact not...
  • Without naming Russia, Romanian leader assails its policy in countries such as Georgia and Moldova

    11/01/2006 3:58:24 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies · 240+ views
    AP ^ | October 31, 2006
    WASHINGTON Romanian President Traian Basescu took aim Tuesday at Russia, indirectly accusing the country of benefiting from the continuing "frozen conflicts" in countries such as Georgia and Moldova. "The single winner of the extended period of having frozen conflicts is the country which doesn't like to have democratic development," Basescu said. "It is the country which still continues to believe that different countries can be controlled for next decade or for the next century," he said. Basescu's comments were delivered via an international video hookup in Bucharest to a gathering of experts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies...
  • Montenegro vote opens separatist Pandora's box

    05/23/2006 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 59 replies · 936+ views
    AFP ^ | 23 May 2006 | Calin Neacsu
    Montenegro's independence could open a Pandora's box for other separatist movements in Europe and the former Soviet Union, with some already claiming the right to follow the same path. Separatists in Spain's Basque and Catalan regions were among the first to welcome Montenegro's independence vote as a positive omen for their aspirations of loosening ties with Madrid. But Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos stressed the situations in his country and Montenegro were "politically, diplomatically, juridically" incomparable and that making such a comparison would represent a "great irresponsibility". His view was supported by European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana,...
  • The Transdniestria Conundrum

    03/08/2006 6:55:52 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies · 212+ views
    Stratfor ^ | March 07, 2006
    Moscow has made a priority of countering Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko's pro-Western agenda and keeping Kiev in Moscow's sphere of influence at all costs. Russia is hoping to strengthen its hold over Ukraine during the latter's March 26 parliamentary elections, which will essentially be a re-match of Yushchenko and his Russian-supported former presidential opponent, Viktor Yanukovich. Yushchenko, meanwhile, is attempting to reinforce Kiev's Western connections by pushing for NATO membership and strengthening ties with the European Union and the United States. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana on March 6 lauded Ukraine on its enforcement of the border agreement with...
  • America Abandons a Friend

    02/27/2006 12:19:37 AM PST · by vertolet · 19 replies · 1,019+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | February 25, 2006 | E. Wayne Merry
    An obscure arms deal from nine years ago has produced a major human rights case in the former Soviet country of Moldova, challenging the U.S. government to stand up for its own good name as well as for the rule of law. The case centers on the conviction Jan. 16 of the former Moldovan defense minister, Valeriu Pasat, and his sentence to 10 years in a hard-labor penal camp. Pasat's ostensible offense was to sell 21 MiG-29 fighter aircraft to the Pentagon in 1997 for $40 million. The prosecution alleged the planes were worth $55 million more and thus Pasat...
  • U.S. Refuses Arms Treaty While Russian Troops In Moldova, Georgia

    12/06/2005 9:40:39 AM PST · by Lukasz · 32 replies · 544+ views
    RFE/RL ^ | 06 December 2005
    Ljubljana, 6 December (RFE/RL) -- The United States has told Moscow that it will not sign a new treaty on conventional military forces until Russia withdraws all its troops and equipment from separatist republics in Georgia and Moldova. The U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, Nicholas Burns, said today at a meeting of the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) in the Slovenian capital Ljubljana that it was impossible to reconcile the continued presence of Russian troops with the arms treaty. "A basic principle of the CFE (Conventional Forces Europe) Treaty is the right of sovereign states...
  • Weapons from Transnistria were supplied to Iraq, Moldovan president says

    10/31/2005 2:41:33 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 26 replies · 659+ views
    Infotag/ ^ | October 31, 2005
    The official Chisinau is in possession of documents indicating that weapons from Transnistria were supplied to Iraq, Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin stated to Russian journalists who are paying a 5-day-long working visit to this republic on the Moldovan leadership's invitation. "We have sent to Russia a file with documents on the directions of arms exports from Transnistria. According to the data available with us, 13 Transnistrian industrial enterprises manufacture armaments continuously. We have a document from the Presidential Office of Saddam Hussein's certifying that weapons from Transnistria used to be imported to Iraq. Now we are scrutinizing this", Voronin...
  • Arms from Russian Transdniestria stockpiles go to Chechnya - Tarlev

    10/30/2005 12:04:47 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 258+ views ^ | October 27, 2005
    CHISINAU. Oct 27 (Interfax) - Moldovan Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev thinks that armaments from Russian stockpiles in Transdniestria might have been shipped to Chechen militants and, probably, Beslan. "Unfortunately, as far as we know, some armaments from the Russian depots in Transdniestria have been sent to Chechnya and some allegedly went to militants in Beslan," he told the Russian press in Chisinau on Thursday. "We must finally eliminate this source of arms for separatists and terrorists," he said.

    10/19/2005 7:06:09 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies · 972+ views
    Jamestown Foundation ^ | October 19, 2005 | Vladimir Socor
    On October 15 in Moscow, officials from the presidential administration and other Kremlin-connected figures hosted a "Forum on Democracy and Multiculturalism in the Euro-East." The participants included representatives of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Transnistria, and Karabakh, activists of pro-Russia parties and associations from several post-Soviet countries, and Moscow figures who -- according to Kremlin consultant Gleb Pavlovsky, speaking at the Forum -- "play a major if often shadowy role in developing Russia's real policy" (Regnum, October 15). Outlining geopolitical challenges and opportunities to Russia, Pavlovsky noted that the United States is focusing its hostile attention on Belarus, "our basic military-political ally."...
  • A Graceless Exit for Russia

    08/01/2005 2:38:22 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies · 437+ views
    Moscow Times ^ | August 2, 2005 | Alexander Golts
    The leadership of this country has a remarkable knack for making the same mistake over and over. On a trip to the Far East last week, Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov announced that the Army had no intention of pulling out of the self-proclaimed republic of Transdnestr. Until Russia's huge stockpiles of arms and equipment were removed, Russian troops would remain in the republic even if the Moldovan authorities ordered them to leave, Ivanov said. Ivanov had apparently forgotten that top Kremlin officials recently insisted that the closure of two Russian military bases in Georgia would take 10 to 12 years....
  • Exchange of empires - Who will dare to fill the black holes being left by Russia's long retreat?

    05/19/2005 2:32:30 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 487+ views
    Guardian ^ | May 19, 2005 | Timothy Garton Ash
    Sitting in a cafe on Lenin Street, next to three smartly turned-out female officers in dark green KGB uniforms, I had this wild thought: can the Soviet Union join the European Union? For the surreal breakaway para-state of Transnistria on the east bank of the river Dniestr looks at first glance like a miniature version of the old Soviet Union. In the heart of the capital, Tiraspol, a giant redstone Lenin stands proudly before the Supreme Soviet. Across 25 October Street, named for the Russian revolution of 1917, is the obligatory tank on a plinth. In the House of Pioneers...
  • Trans-border Trans-Dniester

    05/11/2005 6:44:54 AM PDT · by seacapn · 1 replies · 277+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 10, 2005 | Simon Reeve
    There are almost 200 official countries in the world but there are dozens more unrecognised nations determined to be independent. They have rulers, parliaments and armies, but they rarely feature on maps and receive few foreign visitors. The leaders of Trans-Dniester gather to watch Independence Day celebrations Trans-Dniester broke away from Moldovan control in 1990 The detention cells in the KGB secret police headquarters in Trans-Dniester - which lies between Moldova and Ukraine - are not the ideal place to spend a Saturday night. Perhaps I have seen too many Cold War thrillers, but after a BBC film crew and...
  • Welcome to Sovietland

    03/28/2005 1:21:04 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 499+ views
    Transnistria: a region on the verge of its umpteenth civil war where time seems to stand still.Transnistria is one of many self-proclaimed independent republics within the territories created after the break-up the Soviet Union. The Transnistrian region (population: 700,000; capital: Tiraspol) is a sliver of land situated between the Dniester River and Ukraine. Old manufacturing infrastructure dominates the region’s interior, reflecting its roots as a Soviet industrial district. Its demand for independence differs from that of South Ossetia or Abkhazia (both states which are not internationally recognized) in the sense that Transnistria faithfully retains the cultural and military characteristics of...
  • Turmoil in Transnistria

    07/12/2004 11:00:55 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies · 382+ views
    Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2004 | Tod Lindberg
    CHISINAU, MOLDOVA—At the checkpoint where my car is stopped, it is pretty clear from those in attendance—in assorted military garb or the ill-fitting suits that remain the uniform of the lower ranks of the successor organizations to the KGB—that there is a list inside the guardhouse with my name on it. So I will not, after all, be visiting Transnistria, the region of the former Soviet republic of Moldova that saw the worst violence in the breakup of the USSR and remains under the control of a local strongman, Igor Smirnov, who maintains his Stalinist grip thanks to an extensive...