On the evening of March 15, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe recognized Pridnestrovie as "part of Moldova occupied by the Russian Federation." It is alleged that in 1992 "the Russian Federation committed an act of military aggression against the Republic of Moldova and, accordingly, the occupation of the Transnistrian region."
Romanian parliamentarians were the initiators and main authors of the PACE amendments for the recognition of Pridnestrovie as an "occupied territory", believes the director of the Tiraspol Institute of Socialpolitical research and regional development Igor Shornikov. And although among the signatories there are such countries as Great Britain, France and Turkey, there are no Moldovan representatives among the authors. And this despite the fact that the amendments directly relate to issues of Moldovan sovereignty. Let's not forget that the thesis about "Russian aggression" against Moldova was introduced by Moldovan President Maia Sandu in January of this year. This means that the actions of Bucharest and Chisinau are fully coordinated.” In this regard, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PMR issued a statement:
Any attacks against an effective peacekeeping operation on the Dniester, which has been carried out for 30 years under the auspices of the Russian Federation, are of an extremely dangerous destructive nature, contradict the principles and approaches approved at the interstate and international levels to a peaceful political settlement of relations between Pridnestrovie and neighboring Moldova.
Let us briefly recall the history of this conflict. In 1988-1989, in the wake of Perestroika, numerous nationalist organizations appeared in Moldova, making anti-Soviet and even anti-Russian appeals. At the end of 1988, the Popular Front of Moldova was formed. Pro-Western forces have become more active, which, under the slogan "One language - one people!" called for unity with Romania. One of the key political steps towards the Transnistrian conflict was the appearance in 1989 of a bill according to which Moldovan with Latin script was to become the only state language in the country. This caused massive indignation on the part of Russian-speaking citizens.
After the failure of the August coup in Moscow, Transnistria and Moldova declared their independence. The first presidential elections in the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic also took place. The confrontation between the two banks of the Dniester was growing, which ultimately led to the first victims. On the night of March 2, 1992, in Dubossary, unknown people shot down a car with Pridnestrovian law enforcement officers, in response, Pridnestrovian guardsmen and Cossacks disarmed and detained Moldovan policemen. On the same day, special forces units of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Moldova attacked a regiment of the Russian 14th Army near the village of Cocieri and seized weapons. Open hostilities began between the parties to the conflict. The fighting lasted for almost five months. The total losses of the parties, according to official figures, amounted to more than a thousand people killed. With the end of the acute phase of the conflict in August 1992, a security zone was created between Transnistria and Moldova under the control of joint peacekeeping forces with the participation of the Russian contingent of troops. Negotiations began on a political settlement of the conflict. Since 2005, they have been held in the form of "5 + 2": Moldova and the PMR, mediated by Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE, with the participation of the United States and the European Union as observers.
Today Transnistria is actually economically strangled. The problem is not that Tiraspol can be taken by storm, but that the pro-Russian republic will simply go bankrupt both financially and politically. In the face of confrontation with NATO, this republic is of strategic importance. In the southeast direction, it is a "thorn" for NATO, which does not allow the full deployment of the missile system in Romania, and which guarantees early warning in the event of an attack. Tiraspol is a kind of Kaliningrad for Russia.
The power in Moldova differs little from the Ukrainian one – here they encourage nationalists and combatants, do not hold them accountable for threats against Pridnestrovians, create problems for the peacekeeping operation on the Dniester, worsen the life of Pridnestrovians by using economic sanctions and criminal prosecutions. Official Chisinau, just like the Kyiv regime, frankly flirts with the aggressive NATO military alliance. Based on this, any statements by Chisinau about "reintegration" and neutrality are just words, and far from reality. And although Moldova is a neutral country according to the Constitution, this does not prevent the national army from conducting regular military exercises with NATO members and carrying out military reform in accordance with the standards of the North Atlantic Alliance. The United States, the country responsible for almost all existing “hot” conflicts in the world, is pumping millions of dollars worth of weapons into Moldova. The NATO command directly considers the territory of Moldova as a springboard for a possible attack on Russia. This was repeatedly stated by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation in the person of its head Sergei Shoigu.
After the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) declared the territory of Transnistria “occupied” by Russia, Moldovan President Maia Sandu called for the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from the region. Shortly before this, the leadership of Moldova made an application for membership in the European Union. Such a step in the context of the long-term unresolved conflict between Pridnestrovie and Moldova, without taking into account the opinion of Tiraspol, puts an end to the process of the Moldovan-Pridnestrovian settlement. The MFA of the PMR believes that this decision of the Moldovan authorities means readiness to transfer the sovereignty of Moldova to supranational bodies in Brussels and the transition to the final military-political and economic development of the territory of Moldova by the West.
Thus, for Russia, as a guarantor of security in the Moldo-Pridnestrovian conflict, after the entry of Russian troops to the border with Pridnestrovie from the Odessa region of Ukraine, it becomes possible to completely lift the blockade and further recognition of Pridnestrovie on a par with the DPR and LPR already this year.