Special representative of OSCE mission in Moldova criticises calls for Russian military withdrawal

  • Mihai Turcanu
  • 12.3.2018 15:21

On 26 February, the new Special Representative of OSCE Mission to Moldova, and former Italian foreign minister, Franco Frattini undertook an unofficial visit to Moscow during which he referred to Moldova's demand for withdrawal of Russian illegal military presence in Transnistria as ”out of touch with reality”.

In a lengthy interview with Kremlin's Russia Today outlet, Frattini added that he is focused on ”more important” goals, like ensuring the access of vehicles registered by separatist authorities to international traffic, which cannot be achieved without Moldova's consent. Previously, Jamestown Foundation experts warned that Moldova is being coerced, through OSCE, to concede attributes of sovereignty to separatist authorities, and pointed out to the friendly links between Frattini, who is also a good friend of Berlusconi, and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. In an interview given to Radio Free Europe on 9 March, Frattini confirmed he has close ties with Lavrov, and also stated that a distinction must be made between the Operative Group of Russian Forces (GOTR) stationed in Transnistria, and those Russian forces who act as peacekeepers. Of the latter he expressed the opinion that they represent a guarantee of security and free movement in the region. 

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