Moldova called “unacceptable” the words of an unnamed representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense, which “contradict the position of Russia.” Earlier, the Deputy Commander of the Central Military District announced the oppression of Russian speakers in Pridnestrovie
Oleg Vasnetsov (right)
The representative of the Russian Ministry of Defense made “unfounded statements”, in connection with this, the Russian ambassador to Moldova, Oleg Vasnetsov, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic, according to the website of the Moldovan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.
The diplomat was expressed “deep concern” . The Moldovan Foreign Ministry considered the words of the “Russian official” contrary to the position of Russia, which supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova within internationally recognized borders.
“During the meeting, it was confirmed that the Republic of Moldova, according to its Constitution, is a neutral state, and a request was expressed for the observance of this principle by all international actors, including the Russian Federation,” — reported in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova.
The Moldovan Ministry does not specify which “representative of the Ministry of Defense” Russia in question, as well as which statements are considered unacceptable.
Earlier in the day, on April 22, Major General Rustam Minnekayev, deputy commander of the Central Military District for military-political work, during a speech about the goals of the second phase of the special operation in Ukraine, announced “facts of oppression of the Russian-speaking population.” in Transnistria. According to him, after the Russian forces establish control over the Donbass, a land corridor to Crimea will be provided, while control over the south of Ukraine will allow the creation of a corridor in Transnistria.
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The Moldovan Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador for the last time the day before, on April 21. Then the reason was “unacceptable”, according to the ministry, statements by the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, about the President of Moldova, Maia Sandu. Sandu previously approved a law banning the use of the St. George ribbon, Z and V symbols, their production, distribution, sale and public display threaten with a fine or community service. Zakharova, during the briefing, pointed to the words of the Moldovan President that these symbols “place <…> in the dustbin of history.”
“Who allowed you to say such things about the” dustbin of history “? Anyone who allows himself such statements about a symbol for which people gave their lives so that others could live, he, I assure you, will himself go to the “dumps of history next to barbaric symbols,” — said the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
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