Transnistria wants a Russian military base to replace the peacekeeping mission
The so-called administration of the separatist region of Transnistria would have asked Russia to replace the current peacekeeping mission with a military base. The information is reported by Russia's Nezavisymaya Gazeta, quoted by Adevarul Newspaper.
According to the source, the military deployment would help dealing with the "Romanian threat."
"The threat became real after Romania joined NATO and the European Union. Recently, it has intensified with the frequent calls of Moldova's reunification with Romania," Vladislav Finagin, the so-called minister of security said.
The author of the article says that the leadership from Tiraspol would have already asked Russia to establish a military base here and use the airport of the former 14th Soviet army in exchange for a financial assistance.
"We have to get ready for this. Moscow and Bucharest will fight for the right to get involved in the domestic affairs of Moldova and Transnistria. Chisinau [the Moldovan capital] is on the Bucharest's side," Dmitry Soin, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Transnistrian Supreme Chamber said.
Romanian President Traian Basescu previously stated that the Romanian authorities are not allowed to get involved in the settlement process of the Transnistrian conflict. He has mentioned, however, that the EU will find the necessary tools to support the Moldovan authorities in solving this conflict as much as Moldova will follow its European integration path.
“Moldova’s position on Transnistria remains to be our position, as well. As long as the territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova is being kept, we will support and encourage Moldova. But I sure know the European mechanisms. EU will not accept Moldova within the community without an efficient conflict resolution,” Romanian President said.
Transnistria is an internationally unrecognized entity proclaimed in Tiraspol on September 2, 1990, initially styled the Moldavian Transnistrian Soviet Socialist Republic. Currently known as the Moldavian Transnistrian Republic, this breakaway entity consists of a narrow strip of land (180 km by 32 km) nestled between the east bank of the Nistru River and the border of Moldova with Ukraine, on a small part of what used to be, between 1924 and 1940, the Moldavian Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic.
In 1992 escalated a conflict between Moldova and Russia over this territory. A cease-fire was signed the same year by president of Russia Boris Yeltsin and president of Moldova Mircea Snegur. An agreement to withdraw all Russian forces from the trans-Nistrian districts of the Republic of Moldova was signed by Moldovan Prime Minister Andrei Sangheli and Russian Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin in 1994. It stipulated that the 14th Army was to leave the Republic of Moldova within three years, but the agreement was never ratified by the Duma, Russia’s legislature.Moldova.ORG