"Russia should withdraw troops from Transnistria": Stoltenberg met with Moldovan prime minister in Brussels
NATO fully supports Moldova's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Russia must withdraw all its troops from the country.
This statement was made by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on X (ex Twitter). He also voiced his position during a meeting in Brussels with Moldovan Prime Minister Dorin Recean.
"It is a pleasure to meet with Prime Minister Dorin Recean of our valued partner Moldova. NATO fully supports your sovereignty and territorial integrity. We call on Russia to fully withdraw its troops from your territory. You can continue to count on NATO's support," Stoltenberg said.
It should be noted that the Operational Group of Russian troops, which is the successor of the 14th Guards Combined Arms Army of the U.S..S.R. and the Russian Armed Forces, is deployed on the territory of the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan Republic, which is legally part of the Republic of Moldova. The tasks of this group are to train military personnel to participate in and carry out a "peacekeeping" operation and to implement decisions of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces regarding changes in the region.
The Moldovan authorities have repeatedly demanded the withdrawal of the group of troops from the territory of the region, and the Moldovan parliament considers its presence to be one of the main threats to the country's national security.
As OBOZ.UA previously reported:
- Moldova will block 22 Russian propaganda Internet portals. According to the government decree, it is planned to stop access to such Internet portals as RT, Zvezda, Tsargrad, NTV, VGTRK, Ren-TV, Mir, RTR-Planeta, Vesti, TVC, Spas-TV, 5TV, Smozhem, TV Channel 360, Moscow 24, and others.
- The so-called Russian peacekeepers in Russia-occupied Moldovan Transnistria are serving in extremely horrible conditions. However, despite this, they desperately hold on to their jobs because they are afraid of going to Russia and then being sent to war in Ukraine.