Chisinau has opposed participation of the Russian military parade in Tiraspol


RIA Novosti

The Ministry of foreign Affairs and European integration (MFAEI) of Moldova opposed the participation of the members of the Operational group of Russian troops in Transnistria into a military parade in Tiraspol on the occasion of Victory Day.

Earlier, the press service of the Western military district reported that members of the Operational group of Russian troops in Transnistria will participate in the passage of the troops marched in the capital of the unrecognized Republic in Tiraspol dedicated to the 72th anniversary of the Victory in the great Patriotic war.

“On Thursday the charge d’affaires of the Russian Federation in Moldova Elena Kopnina was summoned to the foreign Ministry to pay attention to what is happening in the Transnistrian region of activities which directly influence the Moldovan-Russian relations and the settlement of the Transnistrian issue”, — said the Ministry.

The representative of the Moldovan foreign Ministry said that Chisinau is concerned about “the intentions of the Operational group of Russian troops stationed in Transnistria, to take part in the events dedicated to may 9 in Tiraspol”.

“The Russian side offered to refrain from such acts, Recalling the provisions of the current Moldovan-Russian agreement from 21 June 1992, according to which the operational group of Russian troops have to remain neutral,” said in the Ministry.

In 2016, the Victory Day parade in Tiraspol participated units of the Operational group of Russian troops in Transnistria.

On the territory of Transnistria located operative group of Russian troops, which is the successor of the 14th combined arms army which after disintegration of the USSR was transferred under the jurisdiction of Russia. The main objectives of the task force — a peacekeeping mission and the protection of warehouses with ammunition.

Transnistria, 60% of inhabitants are Russians and Ukrainians sought to secede from Moldova even before the collapse of the USSR, fearing that on the wave of nationalism Moldova will join Romania. In 1992, after a failed attempt of the authorities of Moldova force to solve the problem, Transnistria has become virtually beyond the control of Chisinau’s territory.