: Moldova wants international observer mission in Transnistria instead of Russian forces

15:52 Jul. 10, 2016

Moldova wants international observer mission in Transnistria instead of Russian forces

A Russian soldier walks from the border checkpoint from Transnistria to Moldova on March 10, 2015 in Corcieri, near Chisinau, Moldova. (Getty Images)

Russian army deployed in Moldova's breakaway region since 1992

Moldova insists on replacing the Russian peacekeeping forces in Transnistria with an international mission of civil observers under UN's control. That's according to Anatol Salaru, Moldova's Defence Minister, Ukrinform reports.

"During the last 25 years Russian army has been present on Moldova's territory," the Minister said speaking at NATO Summit in Warsaw. "We request to support our initiative concerning the transformation of the peacekeeping mission in the Transnistian region into a multinational civil mission. We also insist on drawing out the armed forces and equipment of the Russian Federation from Moldova's territory according to the international obligations."

Salaru has also suggested that NATO military exercises could take place in Moldova in 2019. He noted the drills should become a platform to creat a regional centre for military education.

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The Russian military contingent has been constantly present in the volatile Transnistria region since 1992.

Read also Moldova accuses Russia of violating international law

Chisinau has repeatedly voiced the need for international observers after a Russian soldier fatally wounded a Moldovan citizen on January 1, 2012.

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