The Moldovan Foreign Minister demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Republic of Moldova – Capital
Important meeting in Russia. Moldovan Foreign Minister Nicu Popescu was present at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, and during the meeting, the two spoke about “strengthening political dialogue – including at a high level between the two countries”, intensifying relations . economic and trade and reaching the conclusion of the agreement on social protection of Moldovan citizens working in the Russian Federation, as well as on the “settlement of the Transnistrian conflict”.
Specifically, right europalibera.org, the Moldovan minister demanded the withdrawal of Russian troops from the country.
“Regarding the presence of the Russian Troops Task Force in the Transnistrian region of the Republic of Moldova, our position remains unchanged: this is contrary to the status of neutrality in the Constitution of Moldova and the withdrawal of Russian troops remains a priority of our foreign policy,” he said. . .
At the same time, Nicu Popescu also mentioned Chisinau’s request to resume the process of withdrawing Russian troops from the Transnistrian region and to destroy the ammunition stored at the Cobasna depot.
For his part, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov acknowledged “constructive” talks with his Russian counterpart. At the same time, he also stated that he felt “a desire from the authorities to resume the discussions in the 5 + 2 format”.
The truth about Moscow’s pressures on Moldova
“I had a constructive discussion with Mr. Nicolae Popescu. It was a good discussion. We have expressed our will to continue cooperation between countries in the interest of their citizens. We have heard the confirmation for maintaining the relations between our states. I heard the confirmation of maintaining the “statehood” of the Republic of Moldova provided by the country’s Constitution. We talked about the goods market. We felt a desire from the authorities to resume the discussions in the 5 + 2 format, which we welcome ”.
At the same time, Sergei Lavrov wanted to reject the recent statements made by a high representative of the European Union about the pressures that Russia has exerted on Moldova on the subject of gas supply.
“I have noted that several of our Western colleagues, including the increasingly active representative of the European Union, Mr Borrell, when commenting on these positive agreements, for some reason considered it appropriate and possible to accuse the Russian Federation of put political pressure on Moldova. Not true. These are continuous attempts to interpret what is happening in our common space in an inappropriate way, “said the head of diplomacy in Moscow, used to criticize the West again.
During the same discussion, Nicu Popescu also said that a plan of consultations was signed between the foreign ministries of the two countries for the period 2022-2023 and together with his host they welcomed the agreement concluded between Moldova Gaz and Gazprom for the supply of gas to Moldova. . for the next 5 years.