11:35 Nov. 8, 2016
Unrecognized republic says wants Russian troops to stay present
The self-proclaimed republic of Transnistria in Moldova reacted upon the plans for the green corridor to withdraw Russian troops from its terrotory, expressing its deep disagreement, the UNIAN agency reports on Monday.
"We think that unless there is an ultimate solution on the conflinct settlement, withdrawing Russian forces makes no sense, as it will escalate the situation and may lead to a renewal of bloodshed", the unrecognized republic's leader Yevgeniy Shevchuk claimed.
He also expresses his disagreement to proposals to replace Russian servicemen with civil observers, defreeze the conflict and involve NATO forces for the settlement, the initiatives made by some Moldovan politics.
Ukraine is ready to provide a green corridor through its territory for the Russian troops withdrawal, the nation's defence minister Stepan Poltorak was quoted as saying on Sunday, November 6.
Via this corridor, the Russian contingent in the self-proclaimed republic can be withdrawn from their base in the town of Koban, media say.
Also, Russsian deputy PM Dmitri Rogozin stressed on the necessity of consultations with Moscow on his Facebook page.
"Did they forget talking things over with Russia? Because it sounds like "Honduras promised to help Guatemala withdraw U.S. troops from Korea", he wrote.