Ukrainian MP: Transnistria is part of Moldova
Ukrainian MP Ghenady Moskal said in an interview with Russia’s Regnum news agency that it is more than important to establish a border demarcation with the Transnistrian region -- Moldova's breakaway region -- to protect his country from the continuous flow of alcohol and weaponry.
“The lack of a well-defined frontier at the border with the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova causes severe economic prejudice to Ukraine,” Mr. Moskal said.
Moreover, the politician emphasized that Transnistria is part of the Republic of Moldova, while Tiraspol (so-called capital of the separatist region) cannot make diplomatic statements.
“Statements can be made only by authorities based in Chisinau,” the Ukrainian MP said. “Ukraine has recognized the Republic of Moldova within its current borders which also includes the Transnistrian region. The statements coming from Tiraspol are, at least, wrong.”
Ghenady Moskal said that Moldova is even more interested in defining its border because it stays in the country’s goal to join the European Union. According to him, Moldova has more chances to integrate the EU than Ukraine.
“Moldova is halfway on the European integration way, but Chisinau has to prove that it has full control over its territory,” the deputy 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.
The Transnistrian conflict settlement is made within the “5+2” format. It includes representatives of the sides, mediators and observers in the negotiation process - Moldova, Transnistria, Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE (as mediators), and the US and the EU (as observers).Moldova.ORG