On the question of the order of crossing the RM\'s border by the citizens of Pridnestrovie with passports of the Russian Federation and Ukraine

On the question of the order of crossing the RM\'s border by the citizens of Pridnestrovie with passports of the Russian Federation and Ukraine

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PMR receives again complaints from the Pridnestrovians faced problems when crossing the state border of the Republic of Moldova. The political representative of Pridnestrovie Nina Shtanski told about it at yesterday's briefing for mass media following the results of the meeting with her colleague Yevgeny Karpov.    

According to the head of the Foreign Ministry, the complaints have been received lately both from the citizens leaving Moldova through the airport, and travelling other ways – for example, going abroad by train. Particularly, one of the officials of the Foreign Ministry of the PMR who has Russia\'s foreign passport got “warning” in his passport, as well as a stamp on the violation of rules of stay in Moldova.   

The relevant information was brought to the Moldovan side's attention. Yevgeny Karpov reported that there were no changes in the requirements for the Pridnestrovians crossing the border of Moldova and no reasons for application of administrative measures against the Pridnestrovians.

Following the results of the discussion of that issue it was assumed that the problems faced by the Pridnestrovians when crossing the state border of Moldova were rather related to improper “on- site” implementation of the previously reached agreements by the competent authorities of that country.

Nina Shtanski reminded that according to the information sent by the Moldovan side in November 2013 to all 5+2 participants, for travelling outside the boundaries of the PMR the citizens of the republic are required to observe at least one of the conditions: to have a foreign passport issued in an embassy accredited to the Republic of Moldova (for example, the Embassy of Ukraine or the Russian Federation), to have a certificate of being registered with the consular department of the embassies accredited in the Republic of Moldova. “Besides, if a citizen cannot implement these elements, then he or she can write an application in which he or she will prove the fact of permanent residence in the territory of Pridnestrovie,”— added the Pridnestrovian diplomat. Pridnestrovie's citizen can give any proofs of the fact of his or her residence in the territory of Pridnestrovie.   

 “It seemed to me that our concerns were heard by the Moldovan side and we reckon that the necessary measures will be taken by our Moldovan colleagues to ensure the border and migration officials follow the existing agreements on-site, and perform the commitments which Moldova had made in the 5+2 format,” – reported Nina Shtanski to media.

It should be reminded that the amendments to Moldova's legislative acts entered into force on November 8, 2013 which excluded the possibility of application of administrative sanctions on the way to movement of Pridnestrovie's citizens who have a foreign passport, including a document for travelling abroad (see Law of the RM No.232 dated 11.10.2013 http://lex.justice.md/ru/350187/). The given step was welcomed by the 5+2 participants, and the sides confirmed the readiness to desist from creating new barriers to free movement of people living in Pridnestrovie and Moldova.