On the Meeting of the Head of the PMR’s MFA with Foreign Policy Advisor to the German Bundestag

On the Meeting of the Head of the PMR’s MFA with Foreign Policy Advisor to the German Bundestag

On April 12, 2012, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PMR hosted the meeting of the head of the foreign office Nina Shtanski with Martin Sieg, Foreign Policy Advisor to the German Bundestag. Participating in the meeting was also representative of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation Natalia Korobka-Yanusevich. The guests were interested in the issues relating to internal policy of the PMR and perspectives of the Moldova-Pridnestrovie interaction in the framework of the 5+2 format.

The Minister marked that Pridnestrovie has a clear internal policy course defined in the inauguration speech of the head of the state and Address of the President of the PMR to State Public and Governmental Authorities. The main task of the state is to carry out reforms, solve problems of economic development and improvement of investment climate in the Republic. In this connection, Nina Shtanski marked importance of developing Republic's existing infrastructure. “First steps in this direction have already been made –a full-scale railway and passenger traffic through the territory of Pridnestrovie will be resumed in the nearest time,” Nina Shtanski told. In the conversation, the head of the PMR reaffirmed that the main strategic partner of the Republic is Russia, as a guarantor country and the largest investor.

Speaking about the results of the meeting in Dublin, Nina Shtanski estimated them positively. However, as she told, there exist some difficulties in adopting the document “On the principles and procedures of the negotiation process”. In particular, the Moldovan side appeared to be unready to fix the principle of equality of the sides in the given document, regardless the consent of all the participants of the consultations on the fairness of Pridnestrovian requirements. Yet, as the Minister noted, in joint work with Moldova's political representative Yevgeny Karpov, the sides managed to find a number of mutually acceptable solutions on matters of socio-economic character which can become good basis for successful work of the Permanent Conference at the forthcoming round in Vienna.

In interview to the journalists at the end of the meeting, Martin Sieg pointed out dynamics of political and economic reforms in the PMR. He welcomed openness of Pridnestrovie, as well as the progress which has outlined in the negotiation process between Kishinev and Tiraspol.