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Republic of Moldova security talks on blasts in Russia-backed region

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Republic of Moldova‘s president convened an urgent security meeting on Tuesday after a series of blasts in the Russian-backed separatist Transnistria region, according to France 24.

The breakaway region, which borders western Ukraine, saw explosions hit its security ministry on Monday and a radio tower on Tuesday morning.

The press service of President Maia Sandu said she was set to hold a meeting of the country’s Supreme Security Council “in connection with the incidents in the Transnistria region”.

The meeting was announced to start at 13:00 (1000 GMT) followed by a press briefing at 15:00.

Two explosions hit a radio tower re-broadcasting Russian stations near the Ukrainian border early Tuesday, the interior ministry of the breakaway region said.

“Early on April 26, two explosions were heard in the village of Mayak in Grigoriopolsky district,”it said in a statement.

It said the blasts at 6:40 am and 7:05 am (0340 GMT and 0405 GMT) targeted the „Mayak” radio centre, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) north of the regional capital Tiraspol. There were no injuries, it added.

This came after the Transnistrian authorities said the offices of the state security ministry in Tiraspol were hit by what appeared to be a grenade-launcher attack on Monday evening.

There was no immediate reason to suggest a link between the two incidents.

Transnistria is located about 80 kilometres from the Republic of Moldova’s capital Chisinau, bordering western Ukraine.

The conflict in Ukraine has provoked fears in Republic of Moldova that the country could become Russia’s next target.

Moscow still has a military base in Transnistria, guarding a stockpile of some 20,000 tonnes of munitions which were brought there when Soviet troops withdrew from Europe.