Ukraine is ready to provide “green corridor” for the evacuation of Russian troops and weapons, located in the village of Cobasna (sausage) in unrecognized Transnistria. This was agreed by the defence Ministers of Ukraine and Moldova Stepan Poltorak and Anatol Salaru at a meeting in Odessa, the meeting of heads of military departments of the two countries, according to the Moldovan website Deschide.
“Together with the Ukrainian colleague, we discussed the question of creation of special corridor for Russian troops in the Transnistria region, as well as ammunition stored in the village Cobasna. The Moldovan military Department was officially informed that the Ukrainian side is ready to prepare a special corridor for withdrawal of Russian troops and weapons,” said Anatol Salaru.
According to him, the technical issues, including the departure of their respective convoys from Russia and the ways in which they will enter the territory of Ukraine and their further route through the territory of Ukraine will be discussed at the meeting of military experts of both countries, which will be held in Ukraine. A detailed plan for the withdrawal of Russian troops and export of arms and it is planned to prepare till the end of the year.
“Next, we intend to appeal to international organizations to ensure that they had an impact on the leadership of the Russian Federation and contributed to the beginning of this process of evacuation. From our side this will be provided with all the care and ways of transport: land, air and sea,” – said the Minister.
Salaru also emphasized that Moldova itself virtually does not incur any costs. The only exceptions were those cases in which the subject of the evacuation of weapons would be technically faulty because of their age and will be subject to destruction in place. But in this case, according to the Minister, all expenses will be assumed by the partners of the Republic in the United States and countries of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE). According to Salaru, they have already agreed to provide technical resources and financing for the destruction of such weapons in special landfills on the territory of Moldova.
According to Salaru, the export of arms from Kobani will allow Moldova to get rid of the threat of spontaneous explosions of weapons at military depots ever since the Second world war.
As reported by DW, Kobane stored reserves of the 14th guards combined arms army of the Soviet Union, as well as weapons and ammunition, taken from the GDR and Czechoslovakia after the Soviet withdrawal. The warehouse is one of the largest in Eastern Europe.
According to the site, the warehouse is guarded by the operational group of Russian forces (ogrf), stationed in Transdniestria on the basis of the 14th army and the local military. The article notes that “despite the fact that in 1999 at the OSCE summit, Moscow pledged to withdraw troops from Transnistria, there are still about a thousand Russian soldiers.”
According to Salaru, at the moment, the Operational group of Russian troops in Transnistria has a contingent of 1,200 soldiers and about 500-600 of whom are professional military.
Meanwhile in Chisinau fear that in connection with the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, stored in the warehouse stocks may be in demand, says DW. Former Minister of defence of Moldova, General Vitalie Marinuta told reporters that, as confirmed by the international organizations of the information Arsenal in Kobane has about 20 thousand tons of artillery ammunition and ammunition for the infantry and other military equipment. The General noted that the deadline for the storage of ammunition and weapons expired long ago, and in the case of the explosion of his power, according to a study by the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, will be the same as in the dumping of nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, so over Arsenal should immediately be put under international control.
Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic – an unrecognized state, a large part of the territory which is part of Moldova as the Autonomous territorial entity. Transnistria declared independence from Moldova in 1991. The fierce armed conflict was stopped after the intervention of Russian troops, the peacekeeping mission in the region is still ongoing. Tiraspol managed de facto to maintain independence from Chisinau, but the international recognition of Transnistria is not received.
The Agreement on principles of peaceful settlement of the Transnistria conflict in the security zone on the Dniester is about 1.5 thousand Russian peacekeepers. Earlier, according to the agreements with Kiev’s military forces of the Russian Federation could transit through Ukraine to Moldova. After the decision of the Verkhovna Rada to abolish the agreement, Russian peacekeepers now can reach Transnistria only through the airport of Chisinau.
Moldova insists on the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Transdniestria and deployment in the region the international civil mission. In Tiraspol consider that the presence of Russian peacekeepers “is the key to the preservation of peace and security.”
In July 2016, the government of Moldova has asked NATO “to promote” the elimination of Russian army units from the territory of the separatist enclave of Russia – Transnistria. In September, Moldova has expressed concern in connection with the statement of the President of Transnistria Yevgeny Shevchuk, who is instructed to bring the legislation of the PMR in accordance with the Federal legislation of Russia.