Moldova, Twenty Seven Years, Twenty One Thousand Tons discussed on Target USA Podcast by WTOP


The first time in twenty seven years and the first foreign minister of moldova to present a draft resolution named complete and unconditional withdrawal of foreign troops munitions from moldova where are these troops they are stationed in the region in the eastern part of the republic of moldova called transnistria transdniestria region which is exactly the border with with ukraine and unfortunately in history and region we have two types there's no important here and i'd like to make this clear distinction between the two types of russian forces that are in the in this region of moldova there are socalled peacekeepers following the brief military action night ninety two a ceasefire agreement was signed and the socalled peacekeepers have been stationing since then infrastructure and region of moldova at the same time we have purely bilateral russian troops around seventeen hundred officers and munitions amounting to approximately twenty one thousand tons of ammunition being being stationed and dislocated in moldova's moldova's territory and that contradicts the un charter international law and by our agreements with russia so what was your resolution what what was the what did you say in your resolution that you present it to the un so this resolution was for the first time presented twenty seven years it took courage from our government to do that here's we have managed to have success a historic success this resolution was passed positively by the united nations and it was voted by sixty four votes in favour and fifteen against the name of the resolution it's called complete and unconditional withdrawal of foreign troops and munitions from the moldova's territory so that's a part of a strategy i'm assuming to press forward and move ahead to get the russian troops out of your country exactly we so far or until friday or before friday we had only one well there are several resolutions in principle but one there is an organization for security and cooperation in europe or with see and in nine hundred ninety nine there was the famous eastern bul overseas where the russian federation has undertaken the commitment to fully and unconditionally withdraw the troops what means unconditionally it means that they say well we say that there are two separate projects per processes i is the political settlement of the conflict that we have with this break separatist authorities second is the withdrawal of troops what the russian colleagues are saying that i you have to solve the conflict politically and then they remove the troops well we say that the troops have to be withdrawn in order to provide the non military environment that will facilitate the negotiations that's why we say unconditional so withdrawal of troops should not be conditioned with the political settlement of the conflict because we think there is no there is no conflict and we are promoting the confidence building measure with the transnistrian authorities and the people in our region of transnistria of moldova they're exporting the businesses ninety almost night eighty five to six percent of the businesses are exporting to the european union so we need to remove the military element in the negotiations meaning the withdrawal of troops so the russian influence is not not a good thing right now and that's be clear about this we're not talking about russian people russian people are great people just like moldovans and americans we're talking about the russian government and the russian military that's where the problem comes in so as we examine the situation the current situation do you see any light at the end of this tunnel at this point to get this done and move forward because as you mentioned there's this hybrid warfare campaign that's going on and it seems to be expanding it seems to be growing they're very clever at how they deploy people and their their their their plans and at cetera so where's the light at the end of this tunnel do you see at the ad two things first you mentioned that the people of russia they don't have an we have accident corporation relationship culturally historically with the russian citizens or people and we have almost five hundred thousand moldovans living in the russian federation so we would like to have normal constructive relations with russia and we need to have them to protect our citizens that that live on their territory in the russian federation at the.

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