"Unfortunately, at the current stage, Ukraine's role over the last year in efforts in regard to the Transnistria settlement hasn't been as balanced as it should be being a moderator and guarantor [in the conflict]," Lavrov said during a joint press conference in Moscow with Gabonese Foreign Minister Emmanuel Issoze-Ngondet.
Lavrov pointed out that Ukraine and Russia are not only moderators, but also guarantors in the conflict between Chisinau and Tiraspol and that the United States, the European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) are observers.
In 1992, after after the War of Transnistria, Moldova lost authority in the left bank, and Transnistria was no longer controlled by Chisinau.
While seeking international recognition, Transnistria is designated by Moldova as an autonomy within a single state. Peacekeeping missions maintain stability in the region.