OREANDA-NEWS. The president-elect of Moldova, Maia Sandu, advocated the need for withdrawal of the Operational Group of Russian Forces, as well as its ammunition from Transnistria.

“In Transnistria, there is an operational group of troops of the Russian Federation, regarding which there have never been agreements on the part of Moldova. Therefore, the position of the state is that these troops should be withdrawn, and weapons should be removed from the territory of our country,” Sandu said during a press conference on November 30.

The politician also spoke in favour of replacing Russian peacekeepers in Transnistria with a civilian observer mission under the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). “Due to the fact that there is no danger of armed clashes for a long time, the position of the Moldovan side is that this mission should be transformed into a civilian mission under the aegis of the OSCE,” Sandu explained.