Grigory Karasin: There are No Backgrounds for Changing Peacekeeping Format in Pridnestrovie

Grigory Karasin: There are No Backgrounds for Changing Peacekeeping Format in Pridnestrovie

On July 28, 2012 President of the PMR Yevgeny Shevchuk met State Secretary – Deputy of Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Grigory Karasin. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the PMR Nina Shtanski, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Moldova Farit Muhametshin and Head of Moldova Division of the Second Department of CIS Countries Oleg Rogoza also took part in the meeting.

During the meeting the sides discussed issues of social and economic character and exchanged opinions on the peacekeeping operation.

Answering the questions of the journalists after the meeting, Yevgeny Shevchuk pointed out that Pridnestrovian position on Russian peacekeeping operation remains unchanged. “We believe there are no backgrounds for changing of peacekeeping format”, – said Head of State. Grigory Karasin confirmed that “it is too early to talk about change of format of the peacekeeping operation conducted by peacekeeping forces of the Russian Federation, of the PMR, of the Republic of Moldova and of Ukraine taking into account the fact that it already proved its effectiveness”. “There are clear international agreements in this respect and there are signed documents. This is not a question of yesterday – 20 years passed since peacekeepers began to secure peace and stability in Pridnestrovie and to promote political process in negotiations”, – Russian diplomat noted.

Grigory Karasin expressed content by the activation of Moldova-Pridnestrovie dialogue in format of Permanent Conference and expressed his opinion that sides need “to build confidence which was lost 20 years ago”. “Russia is participating in this process as a mediator and guarantor-state together with Ukraine, with the OSCE, the EU and the USA. This collective is able to find solutions which are needed to reach the stated goals in atmosphere of mutual respect”, – Grigory Karasin noted.