Moldova Calls for Pullout of Russian Troops

Moldova’s president-elect called for the withdrawal of the Russian peacekeeping force from the self-proclaimed Transnistria republic.

Moldova’s president-elect called for the withdrawal of the Russian peacekeeping force from the self-proclaimed Transnistria republic. 

Sandu said the 1500 Russian troops should be replaced by civilian observers from Europe.

“Russia says that the Operational Group of Russian Forces (OGRF) guards ammunition depots here, but there are no bilateral agreements on the OGRF and on the weapons depots. These weapons depots are a big problem for us. It’s dangerous,” said Sandu. 

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov replied that Russia expected the authorities in Chisinau to remain constructive regarding the peacekeeping arrangements.  

“Russia performs a very important function … And of course, a change in some status quo, which is based on the spirit and letter of international law, could lead to serious destabilization,” said Peskov.

Sandu defended that there is no threat of renewed military operations on their territory since the separatist region fought a brief war with Moldova in 1992 and declared itself an independent state.

“We are an independent country that does not want foreign troops to stay on its territory,” added Sandu. 


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