The current President of Moldova, Igor Dodon, called the statement of the elected head of the country, Maia Sandu, on the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Transnistria, a serious mistake. He expressed this opinion on the air of the TV channel NTV Moldova.
“What is this call of the elected president – in a country where we still have an unresolved Transnistrian conflict, in a country where we have 35-40 percent of the Russian-speaking population?” Dodon was indignant.
As the head of state pointed out, the anti-Russian policy will have a detrimental effect on Moldova, as well as on the policy that will pursue it.
Earlier, Russian politicians responded to Sandu’s words about the withdrawal of peacekeepers from Transnistria. Thus, Senator Alexei Pushkov recalled that Russian peacekeepers ensure security in Transnistria. His counterpart on the Federation Council, Andrei Klimov, noted that the withdrawal of peacekeepers could lead to an escalation of the conflict. At the same time, Klimov pointed out that the Russian side is always ready to resolve issues in the political and diplomatic plane.
Maia Sandu, previously elected President of Moldova, said that the “soft approach” in the negotiations on the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict was not effective. She believes that the status of Transnistria after reintegration has yet to be found. She opposed the federalization of Moldova, previously proposed by the incumbent President Igor Dodon. According to her, the format for resolving the conflict should include the complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Moldova.