Withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria included on agenda of UN General Assembly

The UN General Assembly included on its agenda the issue of “the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from the territory of the Republic of Moldova”, as reported by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova.

“The Foreign Ministry reports that the Republic of Moldova’s statement about including on the agenda of the 72nd General Assembly of the United Nations the additional issue of the complete withdrawal of foreign troops from the territory of the Republic of Moldova is included in the additional list of issues proposed for inclusion in the agenda of the General Assembly,” the foreign ministry said.

It was also noted that, in accordance with the schedule of the General Committee, responsible for drawing up the agenda of the General Assembly, the issue proposed by Moldova will be considered in October.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova drew special attention to the fact that the information that appeared earlier in the media stating that the consideration of this issue was postponed is not true.

In mid-August, the representative of Moldova to the UN, Victor Moraru, gave the UN Secretary General a letter in which the Moldovan delegation asked the General Assembly to include on the agenda the issue of the complete withdrawal of Russian troops and weapons from the territory of the Transnistrian region. At the same time, the Moldovan government specified that the issue is the withdrawal of the operational group of Russian troops from Transdniestria, and is not connected with the contingent of Russian peacekeepers in the security zone on the Dniester.

Russia is opposed to the withdrawal of the troops, arguing that it would negatively affect the bilateral relations between Moldova and the Russian Federation, as well as the process of settling the conflict in Transnistria.

In the territory of Transnistria, an operational group of Russian forces is stationed (about 1,500 servicemen), and more than 20,000 tons of ammunition, shells and bombs are stored at military depots in the village of Kolbasna in the Ribnitsa district.

  Russian troops in Transnistria, Moldova, UN General Assembly