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Moldovan President says whether Ukraine offers to resolve Transnistria issue

Moldovan President says whether Ukraine offers to resolve Transnistria issue Archival photo: President of Moldova Maia Sandu (Vitalii Nosach, RBC-Ukraine).
Author: Daryna Vialko

Ukraine has never offered to help Moldova resolve the Transnistria problem. And if such an offer is made, Moldova will oppose a military solution, according to Moldovan President Maia Sandu.

The Moldovan President was told that earlier the media reported that Ukraine had offered to resolve the issue with Transnistria. However, Sandu assured that there had never been any official statements on this issue.

"What we read, what some people said in the media, but officially, with all responsibility, I tell you, there has never been such an offer," she said.

She also clarified that Moldova has not received any unofficial proposals, and added again that Chisinau wants to resolve the Transnistrian conflict peacefully.

Sandu emphasized that hypothetically if Moldova receives an offer to remove the Russian military from Transnistria, the country will reject the military option for resolving the issue.

What preceded it

In 2023, the Russian Ministry of Defense claimed that the Armed Forces of Ukraine were preparing to invade Transnistria. At that time, the Center for Strategic Communications said it was a fake.

"Any involvement of Ukraine in resolving the issue of Russian occupation of Transnistria is possible only with Moldova's consent and after consultations with EU and NATO countries," they said then.

At the same time, recently, Moldova's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mihai Popșoi, announced that the Moldovan authorities were discussing the Transnistria issue with Ukraine, but the cooperation is aimed only at maintaining calm and peace.