No proposals from Kyiv to resolve Russian-occupied Transnistria conflict, Moldova’s President says

Maia Sandu
Maia Sandu

Moldova's President Maia Sandu refuted rumors of alleged proposals received from Ukraine to assist with resolution of the unrecognized Russian-occupied Transnistria conflict in an interview with Russian journalist Yuriy Dud.

"There have never been any such official statements—what we read, what some people said in the media... But officially, I can say with full responsibility that there were no such proposals, neither officially nor unofficially. There were no such proposals from official persons," she said.

Chisinau considers only a peaceful resolution of the conflict. "Militarily, we will not agree to that," Sandu stated.

On Feb. 28. Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry stated that Kyiv advocated a peaceful settlement of the Transnistrian conflict with respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova.

Ukraine is closely monitoring the developments in Moldova's Transnistrian region, urging for the peaceful resolution of issues between Chisinau and Tiraspol, free from harmful external influences. "The 5+2 negotiation format has been compromised by the presence of Russia, an aggressor state unfits to serve as a peacekeeper," the Ministry stated, reaffirming Ukraine's commitment to actively participate in the process with the goal of reintegrating Moldova.

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The 5+2 diplomatic platform, designed to resolve the Transnistrian conflict, involves Moldova, Transnistria, Russia, Ukraine, the OSCE, with the European Union and the United States as observers. Amidst these tensions, Transnistria's unrecognized officials have sought "protection" from Russia, citing pressure from Moldova. Russia is "carefully" considering the request of the unrecognized Transnistria, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia claimed.

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