Sunday, June 24, the authorities of the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan Republic declared that their territories are only Russian peacekeepers. Therefore, Tiraspol opposes the resolution adopted on 22 June by the UN General Assembly.
Friday, June 22, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution “On the complete and unconditional withdrawal of foreign armed forces from the territory of the Republic of Moldova”. The document was supported by 64 countries, 15 voted against and 83 abstained.
The resolution we are talking about the withdrawal from the Transnistrian region of Moldova the operational group of Russian forces (ogrf) and the export of arms and ammunition warehouse of the former Soviet 14th army. Chisinau believes the presence of these forces a threat to the maintenance of peace and security and points to the fact that Russia in 1999 at the summit in Istanbul has committed itself to withdraw its troops. To end these commitments was fulfilled by Moscow.
According to the Minister of foreign Affairs and European integration of Moldova Tudor Ulanowskitoday in the Eastern districts of the Republic remain around 1500-1700 Russian military and about 21 tons of ammunition stored in warehouses in the village sausage.
“The exact figures are only known to the Russian authorities, given that this area is temporarily out of the constitutional field of the Moldovan leadership, as well as a complete lack of transparency in this matter,” said Ulanowski June 15, at a briefing in Chisinau. He noted that the Moldovan authorities “insist on the unconditional and complete withdrawal of the ogrf” who are not Russian peacekeepers, members of the military component of the joint control Commission.
“Any decision to change the format of the peacekeeping operation under the aegis of Russia cannot be taken without considering the opinion of Transnistria”, — said in Tiraspol. It is emphasized that “the transformation of the peacekeeping mission is possible only on the basis of a final settlement of relations between Pridnestrovie and Moldova”.
Deputy permanent representative of Russia to the UN Dmitry Polyanskiy said that the resolution “runs counter to efforts under the auspices of the OSCE efforts for a settlement in Transnistria”. He stressed that in Moldova there is no consensus on the issue of withdrawal of Russian troops.
The President of Moldova, Igor Dodon said that the UNGA resolution would harm relations between Moscow and Chisinau. The document is aimed at aggravation of the situation in the Republic, said Dodon. “The resolution will only worsen the position of Chisinau, including in terms of a speedy achievement of a political settlement of the Transnistrian conflict“, — said the Moldovan President.
The draft resolution on the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Transnistria was planned to consider at session of the UN General Assembly 23 October 2017. However, at the request of the Moldovan leadership this item was withdrawn from the agenda.