Moldova insists on withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria


Moldova reiterates its position on the necessity of withdrawal of Russian troops and arms from the territory of the unrecognized Transnistria. This was announced during the Moldovan-Russian consultations held in Chisinau.

The head of the Moldovan delegation, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Lilian Darius said that the Moldovan side insists on replacing the Russian peacekeepers in the security zone on the Dniester with a mission of civilian observers under the auspices of international organizations.

During the consultations, the resumption of negotiations on the Transnistrian conflict settlement in the format “5 + 2” (Moldova, Transnistria – parties to the conflict, Ukraine, the OSCE, Russia – the guarantors, the EU and the USA – observers) was also discussed. The head of the Russian delegation Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin welcomed restoring of bilateral contacts between Chisinau and Tiraspol.

As it was reported earlier, there are units of the 14th Russian army deployed on the territory of the Transnistrian region, as well as warehouses with ammunition in the Kolbasnaya village of the Rybnitsky district, where more than 20 thousand tons of missiles and bombs are stored since the Soviet era.