Since July 21, 1992 a unique in its effectiveness peacekeeping operation has been carried out in Transnistria, thanks to which blood is not shed on the Dniester banks, there are no thundering explosions, peaceful labor of citizens is provided, and politicians have the opportunity to look for mutually acceptable ways to resolve the conflict.
The experience of the existing format of the peacekeeping operation undoubtedly testifies the presence of the indisputable authority of the Russian Federation, which is the main guarantor of peace and stability in the region.
However, the Moldovan side, encouraged by the countries of Western Europe and the United States, periodically creates artificial difficulties, and flimsy deadlocks are triggered. Such demarches are aimed at compromising the peacekeeping operation as a whole, in every way belittling the role of Russia in the peace settlement, as well as provoking replacement of the Russian peacekeeping forces by an international police contingent of representatives from the European Union and NATO.
At the moment, a huge problem is the isolation of Transnistria. Tending to full rapprochement with Russia and, in particular, to the economic integration within the Customs Union, the unrecognized republic is geographically located between the two countries focused on the military-political and economic rapprochement with the EU. In the context of tighter customs regime with both Moldova and Ukraine, the Transnistrian Moldavian Republic (TMR) actually appeared in the blockade.
The policy of unionism pursued by the Romanian leadership under the patronage of the leading European countries, the deliberate inculcation of antagonism towards Russia also have a negative impact on the situation around the settlement of the Moldovan-Transnistrian conflict. At the same time, Gagauzia residents claim constant harassment by the Moldovan authorities and forcible Romanization.
The Russian Federation recognizes the territorial integrity of Moldova, but can not tolerate discrimination and oppression of Russian-speaking residents of the TMR. Russia stands for peaceful political resolution of the conflict on the Dniester based on the principles of broad rights and freedoms of the people of the Transnistrian region.
Thus, in the current circumstances, when the relations between Moldova and Transnistria are difficult, just the current format of the peacekeeping operation is able to bring peace on this earth. Any attempts of transformation of the peacekeeping mission outside the political consensus of all parties concerned are dangerous to the settlement process and will lead to deep, complex changes affecting regional stability, security and climate of trust with poorly predictable consequences.