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Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration on the joint military exercises conducted by the Russian troops and the Transnistrian paramilitaries in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration on the joint military exercises conducted by the Russian troops and the Transnistrian paramilitaries in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration expresses its deep concern over the recent joint military exercises conducted by the Russian troops and the Transnistrian paramilitaries under the banner  of “countering terrorism”, as reported and also confirmed by the Transnistrian  media.

While taking note of the stated purpose of the joint military exercises, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration considers defiant and unacceptable these and any other actions of this nature that  involve foreign military forces stationed illegally on the Moldovan territory and the paramilitary forces of an internationally unrecognized entity.

The statements made by their organizers during the joint military exercises, which also included a simulation of “reinforcing the Dniestr River with armored vehicles”, unequivocally reveal the true objective of the military exercises that has nothing to do with the stated one.

The conducting of these military exercises, with no prior information and coordination, represents both a show of force and an act of defiance that undermine the peacekeeping and conflict settlement mechanisms in place.

Moreover, these actions blatantly undermine the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, principles to which the Russian Federation repeatedly wowed to respect and adhere to.

Against this background, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration  reiterates its calls on all concerned parties to resume with no further delay the talks, particularly within the “5+2” format, on the resumption of the withdrawal of the Russian troops and ammunitions from the territory of the Republic of Moldova as well on transforming the current peacekeeping operation in the Transnistrian region into a multinational civilian mission, with an appropriate international mandate.