Moldovan Foreign Ministry summons Russian envoy over threats to Transnistria

23 April, 12:04 PM
Flag of Moldova (Photo:Andrian Candu/Twitter)

Flag of Moldova (Photo:Andrian Candu/Twitter)

Russian Ambassador to Moldova Oleg Vasnetov has been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova over statements made by a representative of Russia's Ministry of Defense on Transnistria, the ministry said in a press release on April 22.

On April 21, the deputy commander of Russia's Central Military District, Major General Rustam Minnekaev, said that control over the south of Ukraine would give Russia land access to unrecognized Transnistria, where "there are allegedly facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population."

"During the meeting, it was reiterated that the Republic of Moldova, in line with its Constitution, is a neutral state and this principle must be respected by all international actors, including the Russian Federation," the Moldovan Foreign Ministry said.

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Moldova has reacted harshly to Russia's plans to "gain access to Transnistria" allegedly to "protect" the Russian-speaking population. Chisinau stressed its neutrality in the war with Ukraine and called on Moscow to respect it.

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