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    Lavrov said that the attack on peacekeepers in Transnistria will be regarded as an attack on Russia

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    Any actions that will threaten the security of Russian peacekeepers in the unrecognized Transnistria, Moscow will regard as an attack on Russia, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov during a speech at MGIMO.

    Lavrov also said that Russia would strengthen its borders in response to the deployment of NATO bases in Sweden and Finland, that the West “shamelessly, openly, rudely and aggressively” unleashed a hybrid war against Russia, while Moscow is ready for dialogue.

    Earlier, Lavrov accused Moldova of not wanting a direct dialogue with Pridnestrovie, counting on a non-diplomatic solution to the conflict.

    “Now both the Pridnestrovian leadership and we are in favor of resuming a direct dialogue. The leadership of Pridnestrovie is ready for this, and we call on Chisinau for this. But apparently, judging by the public statements of [Moldovan] President Maia Sandu and her team, they do not want such a direct dialogue under the dictation of the United States and the European Union,” Lavrov said.

    The Minister also recalled that in the early 90s the hot phase of the conflict between Moldova and Transnistria was extinguished, and the parties were then very close to a settlement.

    Moldavia demanded explanations

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova, after Lavrov’s speech, demanded clarifications from the Russian Embassy.

    Chisinau confirmed commitment “peaceful and diplomatic steps based on dialogue, both for the purpose of reintegrating the country, and in dialogue with the Russian Federation on the withdrawal of Russian troops illegally present on the territory of the state.”

    Transnistria is afraid of a conflict

    The head of the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (PMR) Vadim Krasnoselsky admitted that on the territory of M oldavia may occur hostilities between NATO and Russia. According to him, the military conflict in Ukraine should not be allowed to spread to the territory of Transnistria, otherwise it will also affect Moldova.

    On July 29, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PMR, Vitaly Ignatiev, noted that the conflict in Ukraine confirms the importance of Russian peacekeepers for Transnistria.

    Ignatiev also spoke about the plans of the territory to become part of Russia. In response to this, the Kremlin said that they had seen the reports in the media, but “they do not know what processes this is connected with.”

    In turn, the official representative of the unrecognized republic in Russia, Leonid Manakov, spoke in favor of continuing Russia‘s peacekeeping mission. According to him, Pridnestrovie highly appreciates Moscow’s efforts to stabilize the situation in the region.

    What is happening in Pridnestrovie

    The self-proclaimed Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic has existed since September 2, 1990 in the Moldovan territories on the left bank of the Dniester, where a predominantly Russian-speaking population lives. The region announced its secession in response to the actions of Moldovan politicians, who then sought the republic’s secession from the USSR and its unification with Romania.

    Chisinau tried to solve the problem by force. It was possible to stop the armed conflict after an agreement on a peaceful settlement was signed in Moscow in July 1992, and Russian peacekeepers entered the conflict zone. 1940s (then ammunition and weapons were brought there during the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the countries of the social bloc). Moldovan President Maia Sandu has repeatedly spoken out in favor of replacing Russian peacekeepers with OSCE representatives and for withdrawing the military from Kolbasna.

    At the end of April 2022, a series of incidents occurred in Pridnestrovie. In particular, unknown people fired at the headquarters of the Ministry of State Security of the self-proclaimed republic. After the incident, a red level of terrorist threat was introduced in the region, later it was lowered to yellow.

    Sandu said that this and other incidents are connected with “various forces inside Transnistria” that are interested in destabilizing the situation. Moscow regarded the incident as terrorism and an attempt to involve the region in hostilities in Ukraine.

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