NARRATIVES: 1. Washington demands the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Transnistria. 2. The United States lost influence in the Republic of Moldova after the latter signed the gas supply contract with Gazprom.
LOCAL CONTEXT / ETHOS: A Russian military contingent is stationed in the separatist region of Transnistria, which officially guards a large warehouse of military weapons and ammunition. At the same time, a contingent of “peacekeepers”, composed mainly of representatives of Russia, is involved in the so-called peacekeeping mission launched after the 1992 military conflict
Russia has repeatedly pledged, especially at the 1999 OSCE Summit, to withdraw its ammunition and troops from the Republic of Moldova, but has never kept its promises.
Chisinau authorities, as well as international dignitaries, have repeatedly called for the withdrawal of the military contingent and ammunition, but Moscow falsely claims that attempts are being made to eliminate the peacekeeping forces.
Such an approach is evident in the resolution proposed by the American congressman, which calls for “all personnel and equipment belonging to Russian security or armed forces to withdraw from the sovereign territory of Moldova".
Russian peacekeepers are presented by Moscow and Tiraspol as the forces that stopped the bloodshed after 1992. However, experts believe that they actually do is prevent the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict. There have also been incidents involving peacekeepers, including in 1992, when a Russian soldier shot dead a young man.
In October, the Republic of Moldova faced an energy crisis, and it purchased gas at a record price, but also in limited quantities from Gazprom, and eventually signed a five-year contract with the Russian giant.
PURPOSE: To present the government in Chisinau as partners in whom one cannot trust. To present the USA as the loser of the geopolitical conflict in the region. To distort the truth, presenting the steps to withdraw the Russian army and military ammunition from Transnistria, as a request to withdraw the peacekeepers
WHY THE NARRATIVES ARE FALSE: The resolution titled “Recognizing the Republic of Moldova’s 30th anniversary of independence and expressing support for the Republic of Moldova’s demonstrated commitment to advancing democracy, strengthening civil society, and European integration”, was registered at the House of Representatives in Washington on November 2nd, a few days after Chisinau announced that it had signed a gas supply contract with Moscow. It is a document dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the proclamation of the independence of the Republic of Moldova and is not related to the gas supply contract.
The Republic of Moldova does not have, at least now, alternatives for gas procurement, so the statement that the USA was defeated by the signing of that contract makes no sense, given that Chisinau purchased gas only from Gazprom during the entire period of independence.
And, most importantly, this is not the first resolution in the US Congress that addresses the need to withdraw Russian troops and ammunition. A much tougher one and focused on this topic was recorded in February 2018.
The resolution does not explicitly address the evacuation of Russian peacekeepers, as Sputnik claims. The document calls for the withdrawal of Russian troops and ammunition. The deliberate confusion between peacekeepers and military troops and ammunition has become a common procedure used by Moscow and Tiraspol to try and manipulate public opinion into thinking that the withdrawal of peacekeepers is allegedly demanded, which would in turn lead to new bloodshed on the Dniester.
GRAIN OF TRUTH: A draft resolution was registered at the American Congress, calling for the withdrawal of Russian military troops and ammunition from the left bank of the Dniester.