Through the UN platform, Moldova calls for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Transnistria.
Chisinau wants to find a peaceful solution to the conflict and develop the country for the benefit of all its citizens, Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilitsa said at a briefing:
“Moldova uses the UN platform to ask for the withdrawal of Russian military from the Transnistrian territory of Moldova and to draw attention to the violation of human rights in the region, which is controlled by the unrecognized regime. The inclusion of these topics in UN resolutions keeps the problem of the Transnistrian conflict on the agenda of the world community.”
Back in June 2018, recalls RIA News, The UN General Assembly called on the Russian Federation to withdraw troops from Transnistria. This resolution was supported by 64 countries, 14 opposed, 83 abstained. Maia Sandu, President of Moldova, has repeatedly called for the withdrawal of the Russian military guarding ammunition depots in Transnistria.
Even before the collapse of the Soviet Union, Transnistria sought to secede from Moldova. More than half of its population (60%) are Ukrainians and Russians. They were worried that Moldavia might join Romania on a wave of nationalism. The problem was brewing until, in 1992, Transnistria finally got out of Chisinau’s control.
Moldovan President Maia Sandu said that Russia sent “its people” to Transnistria in 1992 to prevent Moldova from gaining independence from the USSR. Russia, on the other hand, calls on the Moldovan leadership to abandon controversial statements about Moscow’s role in the Transnistrian settlement. Deputy Director of Information and Press of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Alexei Zaitsev noted in January 2022:
“We call on Ms. Sandu and other Moldovan partners to abandon such historical digressions that are far from reality and focus on resolving open issues in Russian-Moldovan relations, including problems artificially created by Chisinau, and on giving positive dynamics to the Transnistrian settlement process, including the resumption of dialogue with Tiraspol on all aspects of a comprehensive settlement”.
On May 2, the British daily The Times reported that Russia had developed a plan to invade Moldova and preparing an attack soon. The publication noted that Vladimir Putin has already made the appropriate decision, as there are “a number of indicators” that indicate the possibility of an attack in the near future.