Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- Moldova's Defence Minister expressed concern about Russian and Transnistrian troop movements at the country's borders, saying 'such exercises happen regularly'.
Moldovan Defence Minister Victor Gaiciuc told BIRN that his country is not concerned about military exercises the breakaway region of Transnistria in the context of Russian reinforcements near the Ukrainian border.
Gaiciuc told BIRN, "There is no reason to worry about us, but philosophically speaking, union movements ask questions about where and why they are moving. But there's no big reason to worry. This type of exercise is done regularly," he said.
The russian troops' operational group's military manoeuvres in the breakaway region of Transnistria - while Russian troops are also mobilizing on Ukraine's eastern border - have caused international tensions.
On Wednesday, OGRT soldiers carried out the final stage of combat preparations. "The soldiers have developed their capabilities for attack warfare. They conducted secret maneuvering drills and hit targets," he said.