Foreign Minister Popescu: Moldova will seek withdrawal of Russian troops from Pridnestrovie
KISINEV, 11 January – RIA Novosti. Deputy Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicu Popescu said that Moldova will continue to insist on the withdrawal of the Russian army from the territory of Pridnestrovie, but will resolve this issue only by peaceful means.
“We have always said that the illegal presence of Russian soldiers on Moldovan territory is an element of instability for both the republic and the region. The only way we want to achieve this goal is through diplomacy, negotiation and dialogue with the Russian side and Pridnestrovie,” said Popescu. television 8.
He noted that it is difficult to discuss this issue at the moment, as Chisinau maintains relations with Moscow only at the level of embassies.
In Transnistria there is an operational group of Russian troops (OGRF), the successor of the 14th combined armed army, which was transferred to the jurisdiction of Russia after the collapse of the USSR. Their main tasks are the peacekeeping mission and the protection of ammunition depots.
Transnistria, with 60% of its population Russians and Ukrainians, tried to secede from Moldova even before the collapse of the USSR, fearing that Moldova would join Romania in a wave of nationalism. In 1992, after an unsuccessful attempt by the Moldovan authorities to settle the problem by force, Transnistria became a region de facto not controlled by Chisinau.
The country, which has a neutral status according to Moldova’s constitution, has been cooperating with NATO since 1994 as part of its individual partnership plan.
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