Moscow stands for the preservation of Transnistria «as part of the unified, indivisible and neutral Moldova».
This was stated by Russian foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, writes the «Fourth power» with reference to Russian media reports.
According to Lavrov, the settlement of the Transnistrian issue should be done in the format «5+2» with the participation of Moldova, Transnistria, Russia, Ukraine, OSCE as mediators, EU and USA as observers.
«We all agree that on the basis of small but concrete steps to restore the viability of this mechanism and to move from simple questions to the complex, including the final status of Transnistria within a unified, indivisible and neutral Moldova,» Lavrov said.
We will remind, it is expected that in April of this year after a nearly two-year break due to resume negotiations on the Transnistrian settlement in the format «5+2».
The escalation of tensions in Transnistria region of Moldova began in 1989, when many towns and regions were held referendums on the creation of a separate Transnistrian Moldovan Republic. In March 1992 the conflict escalated into armed clashes between the parties. Negotiations on the status of Transnistria resumed in late 1992. Now on the territory of Pridnestrovie hosted a three-thousand military contingent of the Russian Federation. President of Moldova (now acting) President Nicolae Timofti demands the complete withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria. Note that Moldova, despite the political crisis, intends to continue the course of European Union.
In January 2015, Russia, amid Western sanctions, has provided funding to Transnistria. According to the Director of the Moldovan Center for strategic research and political consulting Anatol of Carano, «Russia today is in a difficult situation in Crimea, the situation in the East of Ukraine and economic crisis in Russia itself». He also recalled that Tiraspol does not pay Russia for energy resources, the debt for which has already reached $ 5 billion. He also drew attention to the words of Deputy foreign Minister Grigory Karasin, who said that «Transnistria… must be a special region with special guarantees of status in the framework of a single Moldovan state».
Russia wants Transnistria remained in the «unified and neutral» Moldova 04.04.2016