The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Ukraine is concerned about the unauthorized movement on June 14 of military equipment and weapons of the Operational Group of Russian Forces, accompanied by unconstitutional militia structures, in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova.
"The failure of the Russian side to fulfill its obligations undermines confidence between the participants in the negotiation process and creates an atmosphere of tensions in the regional dimension. In this context, we note that Ukraine consistently supports the position of the Government of the Republic of Moldova on the need for a complete and unconditional withdrawal of Russian troops from the country in line with the 1999 OSCE Istanbul Summit decisions," the MFA commented of the violation by Russia of its obligations as a mediator and guarantor of the Transnistrian settlement.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Russia occupied part of Moldova 25 years ago.
On April 12, Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip announced the possibility of holding talks with the Ukrainian authorities on the withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria through the corridor on the Ukrainian territory.
On June 14, a huge column of Russian armored and transport vehicles was spotted on the Tiraspol-Rybnitsa highway, a few kilometers from the southern border with Ukraine.