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Ukraine, Moldova interested in tensions around Transdniestria - Moldovan experts

August 09, 2014, 0:14 UTC+3 CHISINAU
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CHISINAU, August 08, /ITAR-TASS/. Moldova’s and Ukraine’s authorities are interested in aggravating the situation around Transdniestria as a tool to divert their citizens from the current problems ahead of the autumn elections, Moldova’s former presidential chief of staff Viorel Cubotaru said on Friday.

“In November, Moldova will elect its parliament and the results of these elections seem not to be playing in the hands of the authorities,” he said. “In conditions of an ongoing conflict with Transdniestria, it will be much easier to fabricate their results or announce them invalid. Many politicians in Chisinau understand that it is the only chance for them to stay in their offices.”

“A conflict at the border with Transdniestria is playing in the hands of Kiev too,” he said. “Moldova’s current developments resemble a pre-war situation. Why is Ukraine digging a ditch along the border with the Dniester region? It is a Moldovan border in fact but no reaction has come from our authorities. Moldova may be drawn into the geopolitical confrontation between the West and Russia. But it will be oligarchs not society who will be the winners. Obviously, tensions around the situation in Transdniestria is the work of those who are behind decision-making in the United States and the European Union.”

Cubotaru took part in a joint news conference with the former head of Moldova’s security service, Anatol Plugaru and former Interior Minister Mihai Plamadeala.

“The rulers must tell the people whon Moldova is going to fight with,” said Anatol Plugaru. “What is plotted by our officials at the suggestion from international structures is an oligarchs’ war not people’s.”

“My Ukrainian friends told me about secret meetings between our defence ministers,” Mihai Plamadeala told the news conference. “They say Moldova’s Defence Minister Valeriu Troenco said at one of such meetings he hailed Ukraine’s digging the ditch along the border with Transdniestria. Moreover, he reportedly told his Ukrainian counterpart Valery Geletei Ukraine should have done this 20 years ago.

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