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Poroshenko promises to do all in his power to liquidate the Transnistrian Republic

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RUPosters June 5, 2015

Translated from Russian by Tom Winter

The president of Ukraine Petr Poroshenko promised that Ukraine will do everything possible to restore the territorial integrity of Moldova. This was reported by BNN.

“We have no obligation to let there be Russian troops in Transnistria. And we will not do that. We have no obligation to endorse the Russian presence in Transnistria in this or any fashion. But in the 5 + 2 format Ukraine, for my part, perhaps with my participation, will do everything to restore the territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova … ” said Poroshenko.

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He noted that the lack of a common border of Transnistria with the Russian Federation will help to “restore order” in the area. A few months earlier, at a meeting with the Romanian president, Poroshenko said that Transnistria should become part of Moldova.

Earlier [May 21 –tr], Ukraine and Moldova almost simultaneously impeded access to the Russian troops in the territory of the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan Republic. According to the deputy prime minister of Transnistria Nina Shtanski, Ukrainian Armed Forces encampments began to appear on the border after the appointment of Mikhail Saakashvili as governor of Odessa region. Experts believe that a war could start in the territory of Transnistria.

Translator comment:

1. The breakup of the Soviet Union left a huge mess: A Soviet Socialist Republic could declare independence. Oblasts also declared independence. Throughout the Caucasus and the Black Sea regions, there are warring shibboleths: “territorial integrity” on one side versus “self determination” on the other. In many such cases, “territorial integrity” would sanctify the whim — or the malice — of Joseph Stalin (Abkhazia, Nakhichevan, Ngorno-Karabakh…). 

2. Yurasumy was a prophet! For background that fills in the Transnistria details, see https://www.fort-russ.com/2015/06/05/transnistria-another-front-in-civil-war/

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