The withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria depends on several factors, including Ukraine’s success on the battlefield. This is what the ambassador of the Republic of Moldova in Ukraine, Valeriu Chiveri, said in a recent interview for a Ukrainian radio station, on the show “Сыгодни. In the evening”.
The president of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, and the prime minister, Dorin Recean, clearly express the official position regarding the need for the withdrawal of Russian troops and the demilitarization of the region, first of all, the ambassador recalls. In his opinion, the Transnistrian conflict should be resolved through negotiations.
“Russia has made political commitments to withdraw its troops. Of course, they were not fulfilled. Currently, there are more political statements and the desire to draw attention to the situation in the region, which is not completely calm”.
At the same time, the diplomat believes that solving the problem depends on many factors, including the success of Ukrainian troops on the battlefield.
“Thanks to the courage of Ukraine, we can hope that this process will proceed quite quickly in the near future.”
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Valeriu Chiveri also wanted to mention that the Russian Federation is waging a hybrid war against Moldova, using disinformation, propaganda, energy, corruption, influencing through fugitive oligarchs and the activities of the pro-Russian parties in the Parliament of the Republic.
“In June 2022, the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova adopted amendments to the legislation on disinformation, and on December 16, the Commission for Emergency Situations suspended the broadcast licenses of six TV channels broadcasting Kremlin propaganda. On February 13, 2023, the President of the Republic of Moldova, Maia Sandu, said that Russia plans to recruit saboteurs to attack state institutions and capture employees. This information was provided by the Ukrainian side, for which we are grateful.”
He added that work is underway, the country’s leadership understands how high the risks are and is taking all possible measures. In this context, according to the diplomat, Moldovan society is not yet ready, unfortunately, for the country’s accession to NATO.
“When we talk about joining or cooperating with the alliance in various fields, this process, unfortunately, has not yet received broad support from our society. A lot of work needs to be done so that the population of Moldova accepts NATO as an ally, partner and friend”.
We remind you that Russia has accused Ukraine of preparing provocations in Transnistria. The authorities of the Republic of Moldova denied the information and assured that they are in control of the situation. On March 1 this year, the Russian Foreign Ministry made a new statement about Ukraine’s alleged preparation of “provocations regarding the use of radioactive substances.” Again, the authorities of the Republic of Moldova refuted the fabrications of Sergei Lavrov’s spokeswoman, Maria Zaharova.