Maia Sandu, elected president of Moldova, said that the “soft approach” in the negotiations on the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict was not effective. She told about this in an interview with the “European Truth” edition.
Sandu 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.
“And he (the format of the conflict settlement – approx. “Lenta.ru”) should include the complete withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Moldova. We have always talked about this, and we will talk about it in the future, ”Sandu said.
She noted that the Moldovan authorities recognized the self-proclaimed Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) as part of the negotiation format, however, despite all the steps, the parties did not make progress in the process of re-integration of the territories.
On November 15, the second round of presidential elections was held in Moldova. It was won by former Prime Minister Sandu with 57.75 percent of the vote. Dodon received 42.25 percent. Sandu met with the Russian ambassador and announced her intention to cooperate with the Kremlin.
The conflict in Transnistria began in 1990, when the PMR separated from the Moldavian SSR, as it did not support the collapse of the USSR. On March 2, 1992, clashes broke out in the region between the Moldovan police and the local militia, as a result about a thousand people were killed and dozens were injured. The fighting continued until July, when a Russian peacekeeping contingent was brought into the region. The conflict is at the stage of “freezing”.