Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin said that Russia would maintain its peacekeeping contingent in the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic (Transnistria) until Chișinău and Tiraspol agree on the status of the disputed self-proclaimed republic. Russia maintains a motorised infantry battalion in the region as part of the Collective Peacekeeping Forces (CPF), in addition to troops guarding several Soviet-era munitions depots. On Friday, Rogozin said at a meeting with Lomonosov Moscow State University (MGU) students, “As long as Russia retains its peacekeeping status on both sides of the Dniester, peace will prevail in the region. True, it’s an unrecognised republic, but at the same time there’s peace and security there”. Rogozin is Russia’s special presidential envoy for Transnistria.
The Russian-speaking province of Transnistria has maintained de facto independence from Moldova since a brief war in 1992 following the breakup of the USSR. Transnistria seeks full independence, whilst Moldova says it’ll only allow autonomy. The talks on the future of Transnistria using the “five-plus-two” format, involving Russia, the Ukraine, the OSCE, Moldova, and Transnistria, with the USA and the EU as observers, have stalled since February 2006. A joint peacekeeping force of Russian, Moldovan, and Transnistrian contingents is deployed in the region. Last year, Rogozin said that Russia’s planning to upgrade the military equipment of its peacekeeping contingent in Transnistria.
18 May 2013
Rogozin is one of the most anti-American figures amongst the siloviki. He played a major role in the Battle of Stalingrad festivities earlier in the year, and he’s been making more public statements of late. In short, the recent arrest of Ryan Fogle was only another manifestation of Russia’s inexorable turn leftwards. Oligarchs beware… your time is running out (that’s why they’ve tried to squirrel funds abroad with the aid of Western corporate interests and intelligence operatives). In all countries, the leftists are the patriots; the rightwing business interests are anti-patriotic. Karl Marx WAS right… “Capital knows no homeland”.
Watch Rogozin… he hates America’s bogus money-grubbing non-culture and he hates the soulless oligarchs. He’s NOT alone in Russia…