Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded to the Moldovan President-elect Maia Sandu with a demand to withdraw the Operational Group of Russian Forces (OGRV) from Transnistria. RIA Novosti reports.
The head of the foreign ministry called on the new Moldovan leader to take into account the previously reached agreements on the issue of deploying a peacekeeping contingent in Transnistria. According to Lavrov, the Russian peacekeepers are in there in accordance with the decisions of the “5 + 2” group, approved by the OSCE.
“And they primarily solve the problem of maintaining stability in this region, which is fundamentally important, so that there is no new surge of bloody conflict,” the diplomat said.
On November 20, former Moldovan Prime Minister Maia Sandu, who was elected to the presidency of the country, announced that in order to resolve the conflict in Transnistria, Russian peacekeepers should be completely withdrawn from there. A few days later, she again assured that she would seek the withdrawal of the Operational Group of Russian Forces (OGRV) from the region.
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 died 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”.