Russia may invade close ally, Western media claims — Analysis
According to reports, the president of Belarus accidentally disclosed that Moscow has plans to invade Transnistria, a breakaway state from Moldova.
According to Western media reports, a televised meeting between security officers in Belarus could have revealed that Russia intends to invade neighboring Moldova as part of its ongoing war with Ukraine. However, the stories specified the attack target as Moldova’s breakaway state of Transnistria, a close Russian ally.
Reports were made based on Tuesday’s meeting at which Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko stood facing a map and pointed to Russian military operations. Belarusian journalist Tadeusz GiczanAccording to the claim, the map depicts Ukrainian military facilities destroyed by missiles fired from Belarus as well as possible future attacks from Odessa in southwestern Ukraine on Transnistria.
Fox News, Newsweek, and other US media outlets reported on this alleged error. However, Lukashenko has denied that Belarus is participating in Moscow’s attack on Ukraine. The idea that Russia might attack Transnistria with its forces stationed in Odessa is false. This breakaway region, which is heavily populated by Russians, already has Russian troops.
Transnistria has special economic, military, and political relations with Moscow and is therefore financially supported by Russia. The Russian government hasn’t recognized the breakaway province as a sovereign nation, but it’s Transnistria’s closest ally. According to a 2006 referendum, most Transnistria residents would like their territory to join Russia. Many have Russian passports. Mikhail Burla was the Tiraspol parliamentary speaker at that time. He asked Moscow to annexe Transnistria in 2014 after Russia reabsorbed Crimea.
Western media outlets, including the New York Times, previously reported that Russian troops were stationed in Transnistria during the buildup to last week’s invasion of Ukraine. Last month, NATO and the United States proposed to Russia that it withdraw its troops in Transnistria under an agreement to alleviate security concerns within Eastern Europe.
Fox News admitted that Transnistria has been controlled by “pro-Russian separatists”Although it has a Russian presence, the outlet didn’t attempt to make sense of how this could be an attack target. Some outlets, such as The Hill, suggested that Transnistria is an attack target without mentioning that it’s a Russian ally.