The Moldovan foreign Ministry intends to raise at the UN the issue of withdrawal of foreign troops

© AFP 2017 / Daniel MihailescuФлаг Moldova, at the triumph arch in the Central square of Chisinau city. Archival photoThe Moldovan foreign Ministry intends to raise at the UN the issue of withdrawal of foreign troops© 2017 AFP / Daniel Mihailescu

The Moldovan foreign Ministry on Tuesday confirmed the Russian Ambassador to Chisinau’s intention to raise at the UN General Assembly the theme for the withdrawal of foreign troops from the territory of the Republic.

Earlier, the Ambassador of the Republic to the UN Victor Moraru sent to the UN Secretariat a letter, which said that the country expects to make for the upcoming 72nd session of the General Assembly the question of the withdrawal of the foreign military. Later, the foreign Ministry of Moldova said that «the initiative does not apply to the withdrawal of Russian troops, which are part of the tripartite peacekeeping forces in the security Zone of the Transnistrian region», and «will consider in a constructive manner by the UN General Assembly the issue of illegal occupancy of the operational group of the armed forces of the Russian Federation».

As stated in the foreign Ministry, on Tuesday the Vice Prime Minister, Minister of foreign Affairs and European integration of Moldova Andrey Galbur received the Ambassador of Russia in Moldova Farit Mukhametshin. During the meeting the sides discussed the current situation and prospects of bilateral political dialogue.

«In the context of the question of Russian military presence on Moldovan territory Galbur Minister confirmed intention of our country to promote the inclusion in the agenda of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly a question entitled «Complete withdrawal of foreign military forces from the territory of the Republic of Moldova», — said the press service of the foreign Ministry of Moldova.

According to Galbur, «this initiative is not aimed at withdrawal of Russian military within the tripartite peacekeeping forces in the security Zone of the Transnistrian region». In addition, the sides discussed aspects related to the promotion of negotiations on the Transnistrian conflict settlement.

The Ambassador of Moldova to Moscow Andrei Neguta was previously summoned to the foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation due to the initiative of Chisinau on introducing in the agenda of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly of the question of «withdrawal of foreign armed forces» from the country. Deputy foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov drew attention to the provocative initiative of Chisinau, stressing that «Moscow is considering this step, ignoring the true root causes and realities of the limited presence of Russian troops on the Dniester, as another link in the chain of unfriendly actions undertaken recently in Chisinau opponents of positive changes in Russian-Moldovan relations».

The President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, has previously stated RIA Novosti that the intention of the Cabinet of the Republic to raise at the UN the subject of the withdrawal of foreign troops is likely to remain only at the level of declarations, noting that this another anti-Russian demarche is connected only with desire to enlist the support of the West.

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