Russia criticizes UN resolution on Europe’s last Soviet holdout – Transnistria


Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin, in a meeting with Russia’s ambassador to Moldova, Andrey Negutsa, underlined the destructive nature of the UN General Assembly resolution calling for the withdrawal of Russian peacekeeping troops from the independent region of Transnistria.

The UN General Assembly called on Russia to withdraw its forces from Transnistria in a resolution proposed by Moldova and adopted by 64 votes to 14 with 83 abstentions.

“Russia once again underlined the destructive nature of the UN General Assembly resolution adopted on 22 June at the initiative of Chisinau … and its unavoidable negative impact on the settlement process in Transnistria,” the statement from the Ministry of Defense Russian Foreign Ministry, issued after the meeting.

It was also pointed out that “the ambassador stressed that the hostile step taken by the Moldovan government, despite the lack of internal political consensus on this issue, affects relations between Russia and Moldova.”

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The disintegration of the Soviet Union and the fear of a merger between Moldova and Romania encouraged several districts to proclaim the creation of the so-called Transnistrian Republic in the early 1990s. Sixty percent of the population of the region, with about 475,000 inhabitants, are of Russian and Ukrainian origin.

Currently, Transnistria represents a territory outside the control of Chisinau, with all the attributes of State, including a currency of its own.

It is also considered the last Soviet holdout of Europe as it has maintained the economic system and foreign policy of the Soviet Union. The few people who do manage to venture into the republic still find fully preserved statues of Lenin as well as an abundance of hammer and sickle flags on display. Although historically a part of Moldova, Moldova itself could be a part of Romania, but they themselves have not been able to reunite.

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