Russian Senator Alexei Pushkov said that the Russian peacekeepers “have been the guarantors of peace in Transnistria” for almost 30 years now. So he commented on the statement of the elected President of Moldova, Maia Sandu, who spoke in favor of the withdrawal of the Russian peacekeeping forces from the region.
The politician recalled that 220 thousand Russians live in Transnistria, whose interests and security are “more important than the loud statements of the new President of Moldova.”
“Sandu calls for the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Transnistria. But it is their presence that has served as a guarantee of peace in the region and the protection of the people living there for almost 30 years, ”Pushkov wrote in Twitter Friday, 20 November.
Earlier on the same day, Sandu called for the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers as part of a settlement in Transnistria. According to her, the settlement format has not yet been found.
The Transnistrian conflict – between Moldova and the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldavian Republic – began in Soviet times. It worsened after the withdrawal of Moldova from the USSR and grew into an armed confrontation in 1992.
Russian peacekeepers were brought into the combat zone in Transnistria on July 29, 1992 in accordance with the Agreement on the principles of peaceful settlement of the armed conflict in the Transnistrian region of Moldova. At present, the peacekeepers of the Russian Federation maintain peace in the dividing security zone along the Dniester, together with the “blue helmets” of Moldova, Transnistria and a group of military observers from Ukraine.