Chișinău (Moldova), April 23: Moldova’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration has summoned Russian ambassador to Moldova. After Moscow announced a day earlier that its military aims to establish “full control” over southern Ukraine and access Moldova. CNN quoted the Moldovan ministry as saying on Friday that it. “Took note of the statements of the representative of Russia’s Ministry of Defense”. And “expressed deep concern over the statements made by the Russian official”. They further said that the remarks made by the Russian general were. “Unfounded and contradict the position of the Russian Federation supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, within its internationally recognized borders.”
During the meeting with the Russian ambassador. The Moldovan officials reiterated that Moldova is a “neutral state and this principle must be respected by all international actors. Including the Russian Federation”, it added. On Friday, TASS quoted the acting commander of Russia’s Central Military District, Maj. Gen. Rustam Minnekaev, as saying, “Since the beginning of the second phase of the special operation, which began literally two days ago, one of the tasks of the Russian army is to establish full control over Donbas and southern Ukraine, this will provide a land corridor to Crimea.” He further said that control over Ukraine’s south would give Russian forces access to Transnistria, a separatist statelet in Moldova, where a contingent of Russian forces has been stationed since the early 1990s, CNN reported.