"The declaration on the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Moldova has been adopted by 61 deputies. It is a political decision. The document shall enter into force following the approval and will be published in Moldovan Government's Official Gazette 'Monitorul Oficial'," Candu added.
The deputies from the faction of the Party of Socialists walked out in protest. According to Marian Lupu, the deputy from the Democratic Party of Moldova, this declaration is a political opinion but not a draft law. Consequently, it has no legal effect.
The Russian troops have been deployed in Moldova's break-away state of Transnistria, officially known as Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic, within the framework of a peacekeeping operation since 1992. Peace in the conflict zone has been maintained by joint peacekeeping forces that include 402 Russian soldiers, 492 Transnistrian soldiers, 355 Moldovan soldiers, as well as 10 military observers from Ukraine.