Pro-Russian separatists in Transnistria are asking Moscow for “protection” against Moldova. This is a worrying reminder of the beginning of the Ukraine war, says CDU foreign expert Norbert Röttgen.

The weaker the West's support for Ukraine, "the more secure Putin feels in his imperialist aspirations," he says. "In order to stop this process, we have to ensure that Russia fails in Ukraine," says the CDU politician. In the war in Ukraine that has been going on for more than two years, Kiev is increasingly finding itself on the defensive, he adds.