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Military Attaché of the Russian Federation at the Ministry of Defense

CHISINAU, August 18, 2016 —, Head of the Defense Policy and Planning Directorate of the Ministry of Defense, Col. Alexandru Harea, called, on August 15 and 17, the air and military attaché of the Russian Federation to Chisinau, Col. Igor Dobvnea, to the Ministry of Defense, in order to discuss the actions of the military representatives of the Task Force Group of Russian Troops (TFGRT) in Transnistria.

Col. Harea expressed, on behalf of the Ministry of Defense leadership, the concern regarding the participation of TFGRT’s soldiers and vehicles in the planning andorganizationof joint exercises together with the so-called Transnistrian special forces, during which the Dniester river watercourse was forced.

The Head of the Defense Policy and Planning Directorate mentioned that these actions disturbs the stability in the security zone and violates the national law and the treaties signed in this regard.

Moreover, such actions contravene art.4 of the Agreement on peaceful regulation of the conflict in Transnistria region of the Republic of Moldova, where the military units of the Russian Federation, stationed on Moldovan territory, must strictly obey the neutrality principle.

Col. Harea also expressed his discontent regarding the activity of TFGRT Commander, Col. Iurie Zelencov, who conducts provocative actions threatening Moldova’s security and holds unofficial meetings with the leaders of the Transnistrian authorities.

Alexandru Harea asked Igor Dovbnea to inform the leadership of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation about the discontent of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Moldova regarding the actions of TFGRT and its Commander and, as the higher military representative of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Moldova, to take all the measures necessary to avoid such activities in the future.

Col. Igor Dovbnea specified that the representatives of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation had already been informed about this situation, but they still have not given any answer on the subject.

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