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    UN demands Russia leave Transnistria

    The UN General Assembly has passed a draft resolution urging an immediate withdrawal of Russia military forces from Moldova's separatist region of Transdniester.

    The motion was passed on June 22 by a vote of 64-15, with 83 abstentions.

    Moldova, Georgia, Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Ukraine, and Estonia drafted the resolution.

    Mainly Russian-speaking Transdniester declared independence from Moldova in 1990 over fears that Chisinau would seek reunification with neighboring Romania. Most of Moldova was part of Romania in the interwar period.

    Moldovan forces and Moscow-backed Transdniester fighters fought a short but bloody war in 1992.

    The conflict ended with a cease-fire agreement after Russian troops in the region intervened on the side of the separatists.

    Some 1,400 Russian troops remain in Transdniester guarding Soviet-era arms depots, and Moscow has resisted numerous calls over the years to withdraw its troops.

    Transdniester's independence is recognized by no country, and the UN and OSCE, among others, have attempted to forge a resolution to the dispute.

    The Russian UN delegation had requested the vote be delayed to allow more time to discuss the draft, but it was turned down.

    "The outcome of the voting is regretable for us," said Dmitry Polyansky, Russia’s first deputy permanent representative.

    "Excessive politicization of the problem occurred at the very moment when we see certain progress in talks between Chisinau and Tiraspol," he added.
    UN Resolution Urges Russian Withdrawal From Transdniester

    Also see:
    UN passes draft resolution on withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Transnistria
    UN resolution on Transnistria to harm General Assembly's reputation - Russian diplomat

    Out of Moldova's 4 million or so people, 500,000 live in breakaway Transdniestr or Transnistria or, in Russian, Pridnestrovie.

    They are mainly Slavs, mostly ethnic Russians and some Russian-speaking Ukrainians and pro-Russian Moldovans too, who, since winning their defacto independence from Moldova in early 90s, have lived in a sort of neo-Soviet Communist system, even preserving the red flag, just adding own green stripe


    Even their secret police is still called KGB

    lol

    Vadim Krasnoselsky is their current President


    Russian troops are indeed deployed there, several thousand of them

    The contingent was originally formed on the base of the Soviet 14th Army, stationed there before the break up of USSR (and which is accused by Moldova of opening their arms depots and warehouses to Pridnestrovian separatists back then).

    This Resolution won't do anything.

    Moldova is too weak, in fact, even without the Russians, the Pridnestrovian separatist military, armed, trained, funded, and otherwise supported by Russia for two decades now, is actually stronger now than Moldova's much neglected and underfinanced army


    I have read online posts by Moldovan officers themselves, where they admit as much, bitterly, of course.

    Moldova also has to worry about the Gagauz, an ethnic Turkic, Orthodox Christian people who live in own autonomous republic of Gagauzia within Moldova


    The Gagauz are heavily pro-Russian; while Gagauzia didn't break away like Transnistria, numerous Gagauz fought on the separatist side back then, in the 90s


    More recently, armed volunteers from Gagauzia also appeared on the pro-Russian side in Donbass, in Eastern Ukraine, along with Transnistrians


    If a new war should erupt with Transnistria, I have no doubt Gagauzia will flare up as well...

    But, yeah, UN is toothless, Moldova is, again, small and poor and could never take Russia by themselves (and Romania would never have the balls either, and NATO wouldn't let them get involved anyhow, nobody wants a potentially nuclear conflict). And Russia doesn't give a shit what UN wants, or, let alone Moldova...

    Putin can not and will not abandon fellow Russian brothers and sisters, period. The public in Russia would never forgive it, fired up as he got them with Crimea and Donbass...

    It does suck for Moldova: the break up actually left the Pridnestrovians in control of 90% of Moldova's energy supply infrastructure, including the big hydropower plant in Dubossary

    They can literally turn out the lights in Moldova, whenever they bloody feel like it! lol I believe they have indeed used this to blackmail various concessions from the Moldovan government before too...

    So, I get their frustration, after years of this. But, there's little they can do about it...

    Especially right now, when they got their own political instability shaking the country: Moldovan Court Upholds Voiding Of Chisinau Mayoral Election Amid Protests
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    In turn, the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the unrecognised republic, Vitaly Ignatyev, noted that: “No decisions concerning a change in the format of the peace-keeping operation or withdrawal of a peace-keeping mechanism will be made without taking into consideration the opinion and position of the people of Transnistria. We are categorically against any actions which will threaten the peace and security on the Dniester.”

    It is worth noting that this position is more or less supported by the president of Moldova himself. Igor Dodon believes that passing the resolution will worsen Chisinau’s position, particularly when ‘the earliest possible achievement of a political settlement of the Transnistrian conflict’ is considered.
    The withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria: second attempt

    Dodon is pro-Russian too, unlike Moldova's pro-Western Prime Minister

    President Igor Dodon: Moldova needs a 'patriot' like Putin | Europe| News and current affairs from around the continent | DW | 26.02.2018

    His powers were even suspended by a court in January, because he vetoed a bill banning Russian media/propaganda: Moldova court suspends president over Russian media bill

    That's yet another weakness of Moldova, their divided government...

    Moldova also depends on Russia economically, both as Russia is their biggest investor and also the remittances sent home by many Moldovan migrant laborers in Russia:

    https://www.mold-street.com/?go=news...oldova Learnt?

    Hell of a complex situation...
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    You are a geopolitical genuis, Daddio!

    Thanks for the information.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeline View Post
    You are a geopolitical genuis, Daddio!

    Thanks for the information.
    No problem

    I try to cover regions here most media otherwise pay little attention to
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    Diverse populations with long histories. Sometimes you get the feeling every country is going to divide down to the size of a postage stamp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    Diverse populations with long histories. Sometimes you get the feeling every country is going to divide down to the size of a postage stamp.
    Maybe that is the future... Maybe 50 or 100 years from now, there will be not even one huge Russia, China, EU, even US, but myriads of small states, each representing the interests of their own local citizens. Maybe THEN, we can have peace on Earth, finally, and after that - that high tech Star Trek utopia future lol

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    Yeah but the US celebrates diversity, so we'll be the last man standing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    Yeah but the US celebrates diversity, so we'll be the last man standing.
    Unless we all end up in a nuclear war first... That's another big question. If you start having countries like aforementioned US, Russia, China, India, all with nuclear arsenals, breaking up into smaller parts, who the hell gets the nukes??? That's where it becomes dangerous...
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    You have to risk dystopia to get to utopia, if it fails then so be it, we tried.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OlGuy View Post
    You have to risk dystopia to get to utopia, if it fails then so be it, we tried.
    Sometimes, I'm actually just glad I won't be alive in 100 years anyway...

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