Russia not willing yet to withdraw its ammunition from Transnistria
The Russian Federation is not going to withdraw its ammunition stockpiles from Transnistria yet. It did not make any decision in this regard.
“This issue is being analyzed by the Defense Ministry now. The decision will be made after the analysis is completed,” said Dmitry Rogozin, the presidential point man for the region, informs Kommersant quoted by Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news agency.
Dmitry Rogozin visited Moldova and Transnistria on April 16-17 and met with officials from Chisinau and separatist region.
Russia’s Kommersant newspaper wrote last week that Moscow would start withdrawing the weaponry from Transnistria by the end of 2012.
Jean-Claude Mignon, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said that the Transnistrian conflict settlement is his priority and will work hard to find solutions for this conflict. However, he did not give details over the way he will do it.
“The Republic of Moldova is part of the Council of Europe and it is important for us to solve this issue. We are obliged to talk and find solutions,” Mr. Mignon said.
Transnistria is a breakaway region of Moldova which separated after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In the wake of a cease-fire agreement signed at Limanskoe on 7 July 1992 between Russia and the Republic of Moldova, the two parties of the conflict (signed by Russian President Boris Yeltsin and Moldovan President Mircea Snegur), under the mediating authority of the commander of Russia's 14th Army, Alexandr Lebed, negotiations have been going on between Moldova's authorities and the self-appointed Tiraspol authorities (that, meantime, became the party of the conflict) in a series of attempts to settle the conflict by reaching an agreement on granting expanded autonomy to the Nistru east-bank districts, as Moldova's "Transnistrian Self-Administered Territories."
The arrangement would provide the region with the right to exert jurisdiction over taxation, police forces, budget decisions, and other issues. The conflict is tried to be settled for over 20 years, but no luck among the “5+2” negotiators has been registered.