Russian peacekeepers will have no access issues in Transdniestria under a precise rotation mechanism, Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration Victor Osipov said.
"If we want to calm down the situation around Russian servicemen, then of course, the easiest way is to start with peacekeepers who have status. A more precise rotation mechanism is needed. And then there should be no issues. I think there will not be any," Osipov said in an interview with Kommersant daily published on July 7.
The issues of supplying peacekeepers are "resolved on the domestic market" and food is bought on site - in Transdniestria, he said.
Osipov said he has recently met with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin overseeing the Transdniestrian settlement, and access issues of Russian peacekeepers has been discussed in detail.
"Following my visit to Moscow we received a new letter on peacekeepers' rotation, three servicemen will come. It is tactful and stipulates clearly who will arrive and whom to replace," Osipov said.
According to the Moldovan official, Rogozin and he "discussed the necessity of improving information exchange regarding the peacekeepers' list."
"There are aspects related to the difference between the peacekeeping contingent and the task force of the Russian armed forces in Transdniestria," Osipov said.
Peacekeepers carry out a mission under the 1992 agreement on principles of peaceful settlement of the armed conflict in Transdniestria, which was signed by Russian and Moldovan Presidents at the time Boris Yeltsin and Mircha Snegur, while the task force "has no status in Moldova and is being withdrawn," Osipov said.
Relations between Russia and Moldova will depend to a larger extent on Chisinau's position regarding Russian peacekeepers in Transdniestria, Rogozin said.
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