Moscow May Recognize Separatist Transdnestr – Diplomat
© AFP/ Joel RobineMoscow Can Recognize Separatist Transdnestr – Diplomat
Russia could recognize the independence of the Moldovan separatist
Transdnestr region in case Moldova loses its sovereignty or
neutrality, a Russian diplomat said on Saturday.
Moldova and Transdnestr have not budged from their respective stances
since mid-1990s, but they need a compromise in order to solve the
impasse, said Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry
`If no solution is found, then it’s time to analyze Plan B,’ Gubarev
said at a press conference in Transdnestr’s capital Tiraspol.
Moldova – which proclaimed itself a neutral power upon obtaining
independence in 1991 – has close cultural and historical ties to the
neighboring Romania, and a political faction of considerable influence
is advocating a Moldovan-Romanian union.
Transdnestr, a part of Moldova with a predominantly Russian
population, proclaimed its separation from the republic in 1990. A
military conflict followed in 1992, ending in the rebel region’s
de-facto independence, but not recognition by any UN members.
A peacekeeping force comprising several hundred of Russian, Moldovan
and Transdnestr troops is currently deployed in Transdnestr, a
cash-strapped region along the Dniester River with a population of
Moldova and Transdnestr have been in talks for years, with Russia,
Ukraine, the OSCE, the United States and the European Union acting as
intermediaries, but Tiraspol continues to reject Moldova’s proposal
for autonomy as part of a single Moldovan state
From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress