Russian Deputy Premier promises to guarantee rights of Russians from Transnistria
8 march 2014, 11:57
Russian President’s envoy for Transnistria Dmitry Rogozin said that his country is committed to protect its citizens residing in Moldova’s separatist region.
In a posting on Twitter, Mr. Rogozin wrote that the limitation of communication in Transnistria will be regarded as a “direct threat to security” of the Russian citizens residing there.
“In conditions of a large-scale political and economic crisis in Ukraine any actions meant to hinder communications of Transnistria with the rest of the world will be a direct threat to security and to constitutional freedom of 200,000 citizens of Russia permanently living in Transnistria,” Dmitry Rogozin said on Twitter, quoted by Interfax.
He added: “Russia will never forget that it is the guarantor of constitutional laws of its citizens.”
The official also pointed out that Russia will keep its troops on the territory of Moldova.
The statements emerge amid the political crisis in Ukraine, where Russia has deployed thousands of troops without consent of government in Kiev.
European leaders fear a domino effect in Eastern Europe, following the situation in Ukraine.
Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė said in Brussels on Thursday that Moldova might be the next country to be directly affected by Russia’s maneuvers.
“Europe must, first of all, realize that what Russia is doing now is an attempt to redraw the post-war [...] map and borders,” Ms. Grybauskaitė said. “So, first, it’s Ukraine, Moldova will be next and, finally, it can reach the Baltic States and Poland.”