Russian diplomat: If Moldova joins EU, NATO, Transnistria will not come along
Russian Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin told Russia 24 news channel that Transnistria will not follow Moldova should the country join the European Union and NATO.
“We are the guarantors of the Transnistrian conflict settlement; we have to be objective and keep this international resolution format, but we will also consider the realities,” Mr. Rogozin said.
The statements follow after the leader of the separatist region of Transnistria Evgheny Shevchuk travelled to Moscow on Thursday to participate in a special session regarding the situation in the breakaway region.
According to Mr. Rogozin, who is also Russia’s envoy for Transnistrian conflict, almost all members of the supreme soviet based in Tiraspol are Russian citizens, adding that over 200,000 Russians live in the region.
“The others want [Russian] citizenship, but do not have one because Chisinau does not allow the opening of a Russian Consulate in Tiraspol,” he said. “They are all Russian citizens in their hearts. Transnistria is a part of the Russian peoples.”