The Foreign Ministry made notice of the conclusion adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on March 15 this year containing clearly biased politicized expressions in an effort to accuse the Russian Federation of the so-called “act of military aggression against the Republic of Moldova” and the so-called “occupation” of Pridnestrovie. No less interesting were the subsequent comments and statements of some Moldovan officials and politicians.
In this regard, we consider it appropriate to highlight several points.
The wording employed in the PACE resolution is an obvious direct consequence and an actual echoing of Moldova’s long-standing official position not only reflected in numerous public statements by several generations of the Moldovan leadership, but mainly woven into the legally binding ruling of the Constitutional Court of Moldova dated May 2, 2017, which states the alleged Russian “occupation armed forces” in Moldova and “military occupation of part of Moldova’s territory” (paragraphs 180, 181, etc.). Thus, the PACE resolution could not have appeared without its root cause in the form of a corresponding decision of the constitutional jurisdiction body of Moldova.
We stress that any negative rhetoric against the 30-year-long effective peacekeeping operation on the Dniester under the auspices of the Russian Federation is extremely dangerous and destructive, and contrary to the principles and approaches to the peaceful political settlement of relations between Pridnestrovie and neighboring Moldova approved at the inter-state and international levels.
We draw attention to the fact that sovereign Pridnestrovie, established by the democratically expressed people’s will, is a legitimate and equal participant in all bilateral and international negotiation mechanisms, including the Permanent Conference in the 5+2 format, and will further act in this capacity regardless of any third-party attacks and preconceived judgments.
Biased approaches in the form of far-fetched resolutions, devoid of any practical prospects, provide grounds for the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic to reconsider its communication with organizations that fail to bring any positive added value to the speedy final and fair settlement of Moldova-Pridnestrovie relations.