President receives the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Moldova


President Yevgeny Shevchuk received the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine in the Republic of Moldova Ivan Gnatishin. The Ukrainian diplomat entered upon his duties on September 21, 2015. The meeting took place at the initiative of the Ukrainian side.

During the discussion, the President informed the representatives of the Embassy of Ukraine on topical issues in the negotiation process between Pridnestrovie and Moldova. Yevgeny Shevchuk emphasized particularly the issue of the ban on crossing the Moldovan-Ukrainian border by vehicles registered in Pridnestrovie, the pressure on the Pridnestrovian economy and political motives of the prosecution of citizens of Pridnestrovie in Moldova. The meeting touched on basic aspects of the ongoing negotiation process, in which Ukraine is a guarantor country and mediator. Yevgeny Shevchuk stressed the need for strictly complying by all participants of the “5+2” format with agreements of the negotiation process and accepted obligations.

A quite frank discussion took place on a number of other issues of mutual interest, including relating to the establishment of bilateral cooperation between Pridnestrovie and Ukraine.

Yevgeny Shevchuk, the President of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic: “The Ukrainian diaspora expected the appointment of the Ambassador. This is an important decision in the restoration of certain contacts with the Embassy of Ukraine on different spectrum of the accumulated problems, including in the issues of the presence of the Ukrainian representative in the “5+2” format and cooperation on subjects of mutual interest. There have been a lot of uncertainties during the last period of time. We would like to clarify them through interaction, to build good-neighbourly relations that would allow citizens of the PMR, which are relatives of citizens of Ukraine, to move freely. We have always proceeded from the principles of good neighbourliness and we hope that we will find understanding on these matters.”

Ivan Gnatishin, the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine in the Republic of Moldova: “I support your opinion that Ukraine, as a guarantor country, a mediator in the conflict settlement should play a role. And we are ready for it.”