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MOSCOW, September 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia is not interested in perpetuating the current state of the self-proclaimed Trans-Dniestrian republic and wishes to see early settlement of this dispute, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in the Right to Know talk show on the TV Tsentr channel, when asked about speculations Moscow was trying to create some “buffer zone” in the southeast of Ukraine, “another Trans-Dniestria.”
“That’s nonsense,” Lavrov said. “It turns out that those who are trying to make such charges against us proceed from the assumption we benefit from the current status of Trans-Dniestria. That’s such an unseemly attempt that I have no wish to discuss it at all, but I have to, because facts are either hushed up or distorted.”
Lavrov recalled that back in 2003 it was Russia that proposed the Kozak memorandum, initialled by Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin and the Trans-Dniestrian leaders.
“The signing was scheduled for the next morning, but then Javier Solana made a late phone call to Voronin on behalf of the European Union and talked him out of putting his signature to the document, saying that the proposed plan ran against the interests of Moldova’s cooperation with the European Union,” Lavrov recalled.
“But for that incident, the Trans-Dniestrian conflict would have been gone long ago,” Lavrov said with certainty. “The fears the plan provided for an unduly long presence of a Russian peace-keeping contingent have long vanished. By now the term of that presence would be drawing to an end.”
“Only someone not in his right mind or determined to brainwash the public at large” was able to invent the tale Russia upset the Trans-Dniestrian settlement and now is about to do the same in Ukraine.