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Moscow censures Moldova for refusing entry to Russian peacekeepers in Transdniestria

May 26, 2015, 19:04 UTC+3
Joint peacekeeping forces of Russia, Moldova and Transdniestria, as well as a group of military observers from Ukraine are now maintaining peace on the two banks of the Dniester River
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MOSCOW, May 26./TASS/. Moldova’s charge d’affaires ad interim to Russia was summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday after Moldova had denied entry to Russian peacekeepers heading to the breakaway Transdniestria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Moscow noted that continuing the practice when different categories of Russian citizens are denied entry to Moldova without any explanations is "inadmissible," it said.

"It was stated that such unmotivated actions by the Moldovan side are at variance with the existing bilateral agreements on mutual trips for the citizens," the ministry said in a commentary.

"The Russian side stated firmly that it was particularly concerned over growing incidents in which entry is denied to military from the Russian contingent of the joint peacekeeping forces in the Transdniestrian region, which seriously complicates implementation of their important mission to ensure peace and calamity" in the region, it said.

This practice "is out of character with the level of relations between the two states and assurances of a bid to develop constructive cooperation with the Russian Federation declared by the officials of the Republic of Moldova," it added.

Russian peacekeepers in Moldova

Joint peacekeeping forces of Russia, Moldova and Transdniestria, as well as a group of military observers from Ukraine are now maintaining peace on the two banks of the Dniester River. No violence outbreaks have been recorded in the region during their presence, which allowed Chisinau and Tiraspol to negotiate peaceful settlement of disputes.

Moldova says the conflict is over and calls for changing the existing peacekeeping format by deploying an international mission of OSCE observers. Transdniestria says Russia’s military presence in the unrecognized republic guarantees its security.

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