NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg claimed that Russia is violating Moldovan sovereignty through the deployment of peacekeepers in Transnistria following the statements of Moldovan President-elect Maia Sandu at the videoconference of the Alliance Foreign Ministers.
Sandu advocated the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers and ammunition from Transnistria and the transformation of the peacekeeping operation with Russia's participation. She spoke in favor of replacing Russian peacekeepers with a civilian observer mission under the auspices of the OSCE. Sandu stated that she intends to 'discuss this issue' with the Russian leadership.
Stoltenberg immediately agreed, adding that Russia violates the wishes of various governments in the vicinity of the Alliance by deploying troops, including in certain parts of Georgia, in the east of Ukraine, in Moldova.
It's a violation of Moldova's territorial integrity and another example of how Russia often violates international law, TASS reports, referring to Stoltenberg.
NEWS.ru reported earlier that Russian and Moldovan prime ministers had discussed the development of trade relations.