President of Moldova demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria


Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti has stated the need of a complete withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria. According to him, the situation in the region should be monitored by the International Civilian Mission, reports, referring to DW.

Timofti made his statement on December 12 during the international conference “The policy of neutrality: international cooperation for peace, security, and development” in Ashgabat.

“We reiterate the need of a complete withdrawal of Russian troops and ammunition from the territory of our country,” – said the president.

In addition, he called for the transformation of the peacekeeping operation in the secure area into a civil mission with an international mandate. He recalled that Russia accepted relevant obligations during the OSCE summit in Istanbul in 1999.

The agency notes that now the territory of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) hosts a contingent of Russian peacekeeping troops (a battalion – more than 400 people), as well as military unit #13962 (or OGRF) – two battalions of about a thousand people in total. Soldiers are involved in guarding OGRF warehouses with ammunition in the village Kolbasna, where they were left after the collapse of the USSR, and were not removed by the moment.

Source: Kasparov.Ru