Lavrov made statements about the Transnistria region, which is located within the borders of Moldova and declared its independence unilaterally, at a forum held in the capital Moscow.
Noting that the Transnistria region is a part of Moldova, Lavrov said that there are mostly Russian and Russian speakers, including about 200,000 Russian citizens.
“WE WILL DO OUR BEST”
Drawing attention to the presence of Russian peacekeepers in this region, Lavrov said:
“Now, both the Transnistrian administration and we are in favor of resuming a direct dialogue. The Transnistrian administration is ready for this. We call on the Chisinau administration as well. However, judging by the statements of Sandu (President of Moldova) and his team, they do not want this dialogue with the instructions of the USA and the European Union. It seems. they hope this issue will be resolved non-diplomatically.”
Noting that they are following the situation in Moldova carefully, Lavrov said, “We will do our best to ensure that the interests of the Russian and Russian-speaking population in Moldova are not harmed in any way.” said.
Pointing out that there is also the Gagauz Autonomous Region in Moldova other than the Transnistria region, Lavrov said, “This region also wants to have a special status. The truth is that the region in question has some elements of special status. I think he will do the right thing, considering the interests of the people living.” he said.
MOLDOVA’S TRANSDINIEST ISSUE
After Moldova declared its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991, Transnistria, located on the east bank of the Dniester River, is also located. RussiaIt declared its independence unilaterally.
The armed conflicts that started between Moldova and Transnistria after the declaration of independence ended with a ceasefire on 22 July 1992.
In 1993, solution talks started between Moldova and Transnistria within the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). In the negotiations held in the 5+2 format within the OSCE, representatives of Transnistria, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine, the USA, and the OSCE and the European Union (EU) take place.
IT HAS ITS OWN POLITICAL STRUCTURE, ASSEMBLY AND ARMY
Transnistria, which declared its independence unilaterally within Moldova and is not recognized by any United Nations (UN) member country, has its own political structure, parliament, army, police and postal system.
It is stated that Russia, which has placed its military units, which it calls “peacekeepers”, in Transnistria, transfers millions of dollars every year to support the region.
Russia’s largest arsenal from the Second World War during the Soviet Union period is located in the village of Kobasna in Transnistria.
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