Transnistria is an independent state

Summary

Only poorly educated people can talk about the unification of Transnistria and Moldova. Transnistria is an independent state.

Disproof

Recurring the disinformation narrative claiming that the separatist region Transnistria will never join Moldova because of the pro-Romanian and pro-European orientation of Moldovan authorities.

In fact, in a talk show to Radio Vesti.ru, Alexey Martynov said: “So for over 25 years, more than quarter of century, the Moldovan Republic of Transnistria has been developing absolutely on its own, and on a separate vector. […] Transnistria has always demonstrated an independent vector of development oriented primarily towards Russia, a greater, because they have considered and continue considering themselves as part of a greater Russia.”

He did not ”emphasise” that Transnistria is an independent state.

Further debunking on Polygraph.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 173
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 30/10/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Moldova
  • Keywords: Transnistria
  • Outlet: Первый приднестровский TV channel Novostpmr.com 123ru.net
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Disproof

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Disproof

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Disproof

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