Foreign Secretary Liz Truss reveals talks are underway that will ensure Moldova is armed with ‘Nato standard’ defences to discourage Vladimir Putin’s expansionist ambitions
- Liz Truss says Moldova could get modern weapons to quell any Russian invasion
- She said she wants to see the tiny nation ‘equipped to a Nato standard’ in future
- Foreign Secretary accused Vladimir Putin of aiming to create a ‘greater Russia’
Moldova could get modern weaponry to protect it from a Russian invasion, Liz Truss has said.
The Foreign Secretary revealed that talks were taking place to ensure the country had ‘Nato standard’ defences to discourage Vladimir Putin from embarking on any further expansion.
She accused the Russian president of wanting to create a ‘greater Russia’ and feared Moldova, south-west of Ukraine, could be Moscow’s next target.
‘I want to see Moldova equipped to Nato standard. This is a discussion we’re having with our allies,’ she told The Daily Telegraph.
‘Putin has been absolutely clear about his ambitions to create a greater Russia – and just because his attempts to take Kyiv weren’t successful, it doesn’t mean he’s abandoned those ambitions.’
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss revealed that talks were taking place to ensure the country had ‘Nato standard’ defences to discourage Vladimir Putin from embarking on any further expansion
If the talks are successful, members of the Nato military alliance will send high-tech weaponry to the non-Nato member Moldova and train their military to use it.
This would replace the country’s Soviet-era equipment Moldova currently has.
Any sharing of military equipment would be indication that the UK and its allies see the invasion of Ukraine as a turning point in Russian relations.
Putin has previously signalled his intentions to join up with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Moldova.
Concerns were first raised when the Belarusian president, a long-time ally of Putin, Alexander Lukashenko appeared to reveal plans for an invasion of Moldova during a broadcast about Russian military movements in the early stages of the Ukraine war.
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He added in an address to the nation: ‘It is hell there and that is not an exaggeration.’
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