Russian Foreign Ministry Says US Military Shipment Complicates Transnistria Resolution
The arrival of US military equipment in Moldova brings additional complications for the resolution of the conflict in Transnistria, said on Thursday Alexey Zaitsev, deputy director of the information and press department of the Russian foreign ministry.
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – September 30, 2021) The arrival of US military equipment in Moldova leads to additional complications for the resolution of the conflict in Transnistria, said on Thursday Alexey Zaitsev, deputy director of the information and communication department. press of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
âOn September 26, a shipment of US military equipment worth $ 5 million arrived in Moldova. The objective is to increase the potential of the armed forces of the Republic of Moldova and their interoperability for participation in international peacekeeping operations. According to media reports, the shipment contains small arms, communications, light artillery systems and armored vehicles. Several other similar supplies have been announced from the United States by the end of the year, âZaitsev said at a briefing.
According to the official, these measures by the West are destabilizing the situation in the region and hampering the process of resolving the conflict in Transnistria.
“We believe that such measures, which fall within the common line of Washington and Brussels on integrating Moldova into Euro-Atlantic structures, will probably not help to build confidence between the banks of the Dniester River, further complicating the already stalled process of resolving Transnistria, “he said.
A resolution between Chisinau and Tiraspol is being negotiated under the so-called 5 + 2 format, in which Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE act as mediators, and the European Union and the United States in as observers. In October 2019, a 5 + 2 negotiation took place in Bratislava, but no final document was agreed and signed. No new rounds took place in 2020.
Transnistria, with Russians and Ukrainians at 60% of the population, sought to separate from Moldova even before the collapse of the Soviet Union, fearing that Moldova would join Romania on a wave of nationalism. In 1992, after an unsuccessful attempt by the Moldovan authorities to solve the problem by force, Transnistria became territory practically outside the control of Chisinau.