Ukraine’s battlefield successes will affect situation in Transnistria, ambassador says
Unrecognized Transnistria (Photo:Slava Murava Kiss / Flickr)
The withdrawal of Russian troops from Moldova’s Transnistria depends on several factors, including Ukraine's success in defeating the Russian invasion, the Ambassador of Moldova to Ukraine, Valeriu Chiveri, said in an interview with Ukrainian broadcaster Suspіlne on March. 1.
In his opinion, the situation in Transnistria should be resolved through negotiations.
“So far, it’s mostly political declarations and a desire to draw attention to the situation in the region, which isn’t calm, really,” said Chiveri.
At the same time, the diplomat believes that the solution of the problem depends on many factors, including the success of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on the battlefield.
“Thanks to the courage of Ukraine, we can hope that this process will go fairly quickly in the near future,” he said.
On Feb. 9, Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukrainian intelligence had intercepted a Russian plan to destroy political stability in Moldova.
On Feb. 20, he said that Moscow was considering a coup d'état in Moldova, seizing the airport in Chisinau and deploying its military through it. This was later confirmed by new Moldovan Prime Minister Dorin Recean, who also called for the demilitarization of Transnistria and the expulsion of the Russian troops from the region.
The head of the Moldovan Security and Intelligence Service, Alexandru Musteata, said that Russia could launch an offensive against Moldova as early as 2023.
On Feb. 28, the so-called Ministry of Defense of unrecognized Transnistria announced military exercises, which will last for three months.
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