Bucharest is hatching the project of Greater Romania, which involves the absorption of Moldova, Transnistria and Chernivtsi and Odesa regions of Ukraine. Thus, the Romanian strategists hope to turn Romania into the leader of South-Eastern Europe with access to the Balkans and the Black Sea region with the spread of Romanian influence all the way to the Caspian Sea. The existence of the Transnistrian state spoils the whole picture for the Romanians. Greater Romania cannot move forward, because there is Transnistria and Russian peacekeepers on the Dniester. The displacement of Russian blue helmets from Transnistria is a top priority for Bucharest.
NATO member Romania will provide military support to Moldova’s incoming president Maia Sandu to militarily push Russia out of Transnistria.
Accusing European countries of potential military aggression is a common practice in Kremlin-aligned disinformation outlets.
Following the Transnistria War in 1992, the breakaway region became de facto independent from Moldova but has remained internationally unrecognised. Russia maintains a contingent of so-called peacekeepers and exercises political and military influence over the region.
During her election campaign, Maia Sandu has made no claims towards a forceful solution to the Transnistrian crisis. After being elected as president, she called on Russia to withdraw its Operational Group of Russian Forces (OGRF) that guards ammunition depots in Transnistria, which is not in accordance with the 1992 agreement on peacekeepers. At the same time, Maia Sandu has also said she favours warm relations with Russia.
The Romanian government also did not make any claims towards a potential military solution.