Russian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Grigory Karasin reiterated that Russia is waiting for a clear-cut and lasting definition of a legal status for the Transnistrian region.
The Russian Federation fully realizes and comprehends the Republic of Moldova’s approach to the Transnistria conflict problem, but will withdraw its military contingent from Transnistria only after the conflict is finally resolved politically between Chisinau and Tiraspol, Karasin stated following his meeting with Moldova’s Acting President, Parliament Chairman Mihai Ghimpu early last week.
The group of the Russian military, presently deployed in Transnistria, are fulfilling quite clear functions of guarding military warehouses and installations. Thank to their presence, local residents live peacefully in Transnistria and in the rest of Moldova. The said peacekeeper contingent is precisely a guarantor of non-using force. And they shall certainly remain there as long as the sides concerned continue their quest of a political solution to the conflict, Karasin said.