The withdrawal of the Russian military from Transnistria was initiated by those who want a war between Russia, Ukraine and Moldova, stated Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during his conversation with MGIMO (Moscow State University) students.
"I do not think that we can predict a war. Nobody wants this, except for those who were directing the hand of representatives of the Moldovan government, when they wrote a statement on the need to withdraw our military personnel from Transnistria. Those who suggested this to the Moldovan government want a war between us and Ukraine, between us and Moldova," Lavrov said.
Lavrov is certain that those who "prompt Moldova to such actions, hamper the work of the 5 + 2 format." He asserted that "They do not want a settlement; they want to do something unpleasant for the Russian Federation, slip us another crisis situation."
According to Lavrov, this is "a policy of restraining Russia." He insists that Russian servicemen are in Transnistria on the basis of agreements signed soon after "it became possible to put out the hot phase of the conflict in the early 1990s, thanks to the Russian army."