Leader of unrecognized Transnistria Vadim Krasnoselsky has argued against the replacement of Russian peacemakers with an international civil mission, as was suggested by Moldova’s authorities, TASS reports.
"The peacemakers are under heavy pressure today, with demands to withdraw the Russian forces and replace the existing peacemaking mission with an obscure civil format. What will be the consequences? How can these attempts be described? One thing is clear: they have no relation to peace whatsoever," Krasnoselsky said at Wednesday’s rally in the memory of the victims of the armed conflict.
Krasnoselsky noted the effectiveness and uniqueness of the operation carried out by Russia, saying that not a single person was killed during the combat actions in Transnistria in the 26 years of its existence.
The Russian peacemakers were deployed to the conflict zone under the "Agreement on the Principles for a Peaceful Settlement of the Armed Conflict in the Dniester Region of the Republic of Moldova" as of July 21, 1992 signed with Moldova. The peacemakers are currently supporting regional stability in cooperation with the "blue helmets" from Moldova and unrecognized Transnistria.
Moldovan President Igor Dodon also denounces the initiatives of the Moldovan government and parliament to withdraw the peacemakers. He believes that the 1992 agreement should continue to operate until the political settlement of the conflict. Dodon says the "Western donors" are behind Moldova’s criticism of Russia.