Vitaly Ignatiev on the supply of weapons to Moldova: This is pure militarization

01/31/23 16:53

Vitaly Ignatiev on the supply of weapons to Moldova: This is pure militarization

The PMR Foreign Minister commented on the military maneuvers in the Republic of Moldova

Tiraspol, January 31. /Novosti Pridnestrovya/. The current military-technical cooperation between Moldova and the West and the increased activity of Chisinau in the military sphere look like a threat against the backdrop of global and regional instability. Dangerous speculations are also the Republic of Moldova`s demands to curtail the peacekeeping operation on the Dniester and withdraw Russian military personnel.

This opinion was expressed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pridnestrovie Vitaly Ignatiev in an interview with the Russian newspaper Vzglyad.

“Judge for yourselves: our conflict has not been resolved, an international peacekeeping mission is operating, and a peace process is underway under the auspices of international mediators. While against this background, one of the participants in the conflict receives weapons, armored vehicles, and combat special equipment, and even begins maneuvers [last week, exercises started at all training grounds in Moldova - ed. note]. This is pure militarization,” the PMR Foreign Minister noted.

According to him, only a functioning peacekeeping mechanism can effectively ensure security on the Dniester and create conditions for the negotiation process. "Therefore, the peacekeepers must stay until the conflict is resolved," Vitaly Ignatiev added.

He stressed that the PMR did not threaten either Moldova or Ukraine. “If we talk about Ukraine, since the beginning of the conflict, we have accepted more than 60,000 refugees. Many of them stayed with us, others moved on. We have about 100 thousand citizens of Ukraine, and we have three official languages, including Ukrainian,” the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pridnestrovie said.

He recalled that all international participants in the 5 + 2 negotiation format on the Moldovan-Pridnestrovian settlement stand exclusively for the peaceful resolution of the conflict.

“If the world community is in solidarity [in this], then it should make efforts so that there are no provocations around Pridnestrovie. But at the same time, we need to keep any scenarios in mind, be ready for any turn of events,” Vitaly Ignatiev said.  

The 5 + 2 format, in addition to Pridnestrovie and Moldova, includes mediators - Russia, Ukraine, and the OSCE, as well as observers - the European Union and the United States.


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