President Vladimir Zelensky does not exclude assistance to Moldova from Ukraine and other states in the process of de-occupation of Transnistria. He said this at a briefing in Moldova during the second meeting of the European Political Community.
The journalist asked Zelensky how, in his opinion, the Russian troops would be withdrawn from the occupied territory of Moldova.
“I don’t know if the help of other partners will be needed. Probably, in this situation, both Romania and our close partners in this sense can talk together. Perhaps Moldova will want to involve some other states. But Ukraine will definitely play one of the main roles.” because we have [общая] border. As for what to do with those who are there, with the troops? Well, if they want to live, they will leave,” Zelensky said.
The journalist asked him about Ukraine’s participation in this process, to which the president replied: “In what sense? Let’s not think, I will not order a taxi for them. There will be a way. Anyone who wants to live always finds a way.”
The journalist also asked Zelensky whether Ukraine would initiate a revision of the 5+2 project on the Transnistrian settlement process.
“Do you see life in the 5 + 2 project? Do you see the result? Will we look at something …? Why talk about an inanimate project? I see no reason to talk about it. We must speak from the position of a strong state, a victorious state, who won back their land,” Zelensky said.
REFERENCE. The “5+2” format includes representatives of the parties, mediators and observers in the negotiation process – Moldova, Transnistria, the OSCE, Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States. The aim of the talks was to “develop the parameters of a comprehensive settlement based on the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Moldova within its internationally recognized borders, with a “special status” for Transnistria within Moldova.
- Zelensky thinksthat if Russia does not lose the war against Ukraine, then its further aggression against countries that were previously part of the Soviet Union will not stop – in particular, against Moldova.
- According to Foreign Minister Kuleba, Ukraine does not intend to attack Transnistria, but keeps his troops on this section of the border with Moldova.
- President of Romania Johannis today announced that sees no opportunity military intervention of his state in the event that Russia attacks Moldova.
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