Lilian Karp: Tiraspol leaders will not ask for Transnistria’s accession to Russia, fearing the law on separatism

Tiraspol leaders will not ask Russia to incorporate Transnistria into the Russian Federation because they fear the provisions of the law on separatism, the head of the parliamentary security commission, Lilian Carp, has said. The politician made the statement on air on TVR Moldova.

“At the moment, there is no information that there will be a destabilization attempt. The leadership in Tiraspol realizes that their actions may have consequences. (…) Moscow is trying to destabilize the situation in Moldova. (…) We are also in constant communication with the OSCE mission to transmit the necessary messages and to stop destabilization on the left bank of the Nistru River. But of course, the law enforcement agencies closely follow everything that is happening in Transnistria and Gagauzia. All statements made there and attempts to take some actions,” Carp said.

The politician emphasized that the actions of some politicians from Gagauzia and Transnistria are being watched. The Moldovan authorities also watch “some politicians in Chisinau close to the Kremlin.”


“The leadership in Tiraspol knows very well that we have amended the Criminal Code. If previous actions do not fall under the Criminal Code on separatism, any action they can take in the future may have consequences. We have other levers that can influence certain decisions on the left bank of the Nistru River,” Lilian Carp said when asked about the alleged scenarios of Transnistria’s accession to Russia at the request of leaders from the left bank.

He noted that the scenario with the Ukrainian territories occupied by Russia cannot be repeated with Transnistria, as Russia does not have a common border with this region.

The parliamentarian also said that Transnistrians would be the first to suffer from such a decision, as they would lose their market in the European Union.

We recall, in recent days, the mass media reported about Tiraspol’s plans to ask Russia to incorporate Transnistria into the Russian Federation. Chisinau said that it had no information about such intentions but made it clear that if this happens, Tiraspol representatives will be held responsible for the consequences of the request. Kyiv says it has no data on such a possible scenario, and the American Institute for the Study of War noted that while a request could come, it is unlikely that Putin would comply.

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