And finally, I'll do it! UN draft resolution from Moldova
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova, Tudor Ulyanovsky, the UN Secretariat registered the draft resolution entitled “Withdrawal of a limited group of Russian troops from the territory of the Republic of Moldova”, and the UN General Assembly will have to discuss it on 22 June.
The head of the Moldovan Foreign Ministry said: "Already 10 of the UN member countries have signed the resolution as co-authors." This gives the minister a reason to expect that the rest of the international organization will support the initiative.
Where T. Ulyanovsky has such bright expectations is not clear. In the summer of 2017, the permanent representative of Moldova to the UN, Victor Moraru, has already proposed to include this issue as an additional item on the agenda of meetings, and in September at the General Assembly meeting, Prime Minister Pavel Filip spoke for this. But the initiative was postponed. And nothing supernatural that could inspire such optimism to the pro-Western parliamentary majority of Moldova, during this time did not happen. But the time before the election is less and less ...
Even in 2014, the Moldovan authorities signed an association agreement with the European Union without any discussions, thus cutting off the Moldovan producers' path to the markets of the EEU countries, primarily to Russia. The position of Moldova in the European market, this step is not strengthened, but the Moldovan market was oversaturated with European goods. Initially, the visa-free regime, which was expanded in Ukraine as a national achievement, which did not give the right to work, did not arouse enthusiasm among the Moldovans. After the failure of the association’s expectations, the pro-Western majority in the Moldovan parliament has only one way out - to try to ride on the wave of anti-Russian actions, clinging to the turbulent activities of their Ukrainian colleagues.
By the way, on the eve of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine announced the decision to call on the reserve already 500 reserve officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. And although the statement by the ministry’s press service notes that reservists will not be involved in the recently “joint force operation” in the Donbas, which has intensified recently, one of the goals of the call sounds like “acquiring practical skills for the armed defense of the homeland.” Apparently, Kiev is thus trying to emphasize its desire to deploy a peacekeeping mission in the region ...
But back to Moldova. Expulsion of Russian actors, journalists, public figures and scientists; ban on broadcasting Russian news programs; the expulsion of Russian diplomats after the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in London are all links in the same chain. And after Igor Dodon was elected president of the republic, there were also elements of internal political struggle.
The draft resolution, the decision of the Constitutional Court on declaring outdated the law on the functioning of languages in the territory of the former MSSR, where Russian was called the “language of interethnic communication” - largely strikes the President’s activities aimed at rapprochement with Moscow and intensifying the negotiation process somewhat succeeded.
The fact that in the draft resolution the Moldovan authorities are talking about the withdrawal of warehouses with ammunition and RIAF guarding them, and supposedly have nothing against the peacekeeping contingent, is no more than a trick.
The operational group of Russian troops, located on the territory of Transnistria, is the successor of the 14 Army General Army, which after the collapse of the USSR was transferred to the jurisdiction of Russia. Its main task, along with the protection of ammunition depots, is precisely the peacekeeping mission. In addition, Chisinau has repeatedly offered to start a dialogue on replacing the current peacekeeping operation with a civilian mission under an international mandate.
In Tiraspol, the initiative of the agonizing government of Moldova, without smoothing the corners, was called destructive and aimed at undermining the foundations of the peacekeeping operation, stating that there is no other military contingent of Russia in the region.
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