With growing fears of a prolongation of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, anxiety has grown among Russia’s neighbors, prompting NATO to try to calm them down.
On Wednesday, the foreign ministers of NATO member states will try to allay the concerns of those countries close to Russia, who fear Moscow will destabilize them in light of the continuing conflict in Ukraine, which affects energy supplies and raises prices.
Face pressure from Moscow
On Tuesday, Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the 30-member alliance, pledged to hold talks with Moldova, Georgia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which “are under pressure from Moscow”.
He also stressed that NATO members will take further steps to help them protect their independence and enhance their ability to defend their lands, noting that it is in NATO’s interest to ensure the security of those countries.
This reassurance comes after Moldova, which sits between Ukraine and Romania, last week asked its people to prepare for a harsh winter as it faces an “acute” energy crisis that threatens to stir popular discontent, according to Reuters .
At the same time, the country has been suffering from a 30-year separatist conflict. A unit of forces of pace russe is stationed in the Russian-speaking region of Transdniestria on the southwestern border of Ukraine.
Meanwhile, Russian-backed separatists control two regions of Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Moscow announced in 2008 that the two regions were under threat from the Georgian government, and then briefly invaded other parts of Georgia.
As for Bosnia, it is experiencing its worst political crisis since the end of the Balkan wars in the 1990s, as Bosnian Serbs challenge state institutions, as part of their long-term commitment to secession, emboldened by at least tacit support of Moscow.
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