With the escalation of tension between Russia and Ukraine, the geography of the conflict can be expanded. This was suggested by Alexei Chepa, First Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee on International Affairs, in a conversation with Lenta.ru. The fall on the territory of Moldova of the fragments of a rocket shot down by the Ukrainian air defense system (AD) is a bad signal, the deputy believes. “Any escalation of tension in any region can cause a reaction in a neighboring country. In this particular case, it is necessary to consider such a moment separately. I do not think that there was any direct threat to Moldova from both Russia and the Ukrainian Armed Forces. An escalation of tension can naturally lead to very serious consequences,” said Aleksey Chepa.
I would not like to consider such options that would lead to Moldova’s entry into the conflict. Everything must be done to prevent this from happening,” he said. Russia has intensified its shelling of Ukrainian territory since October 10. Moscow claims that infrastructure facilities used in hostilities are being destroyed during the attacks.