Transnistria opposes withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers

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Change format of the peacekeeping operation in Transdniestria is possible only with the consent of the local authorities. This was reported on the website of the foreign Ministry of the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan Republic.

The Ministry recalled that the presence of the contingent of Russia in the region is fixed and regulated by the basic documents, and Russian troops carry out only the task of ensuring sustainable peace and security. The transformation of the peacekeeping mission is possible only on the basis of a final settlement of relations between Pridnestrovie and Moldova.

«Thus, a similar kind of demarches <…> with the involvement of prestigious international venues doomed to failure and provide additional tension in relations between participants of the negotiation process», —stated in the commentary of the foreign Ministry.

The UN General Assembly on June 23 adopted the proposed Moldova draft resolution calling for Russia to withdraw troops from Transnistria. The document was supported by 64 States, 14 were against, 83 abstained from voting.

Transnistria, where 60 percent of inhabitants are Russians and Ukrainians sought to secede from Moldova even before the collapse of the Soviet Union. Since 1992, the region was virtually beyond the control of Chisinau territory.