Vitaly Ignatiev met with the Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Gubarev


PMR Foreign Ministry hosted a meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs Vitaly Ignatiev with the Ambassador-at-Large of the Russian Foreign Ministry Sergey Gubarev. The co-Chairman of JCC from the Russian Federation Ilya Uvarov also attended meeting.

Welcoming the guest, Vitaly Ignatiev highly appreciated the dynamics of bilateral cooperation and thanked Sergey Gubarev for a balanced approach to the issues that are currently on the negotiating table between Pridnestrovie and the Republic of Moldova. As a follow-up to the conversation, the parties held a detailed exchange of views on the current state of the negotiation process with an accent on the need to intensify the dialogue, including in the 5+2 format.

“Pridnestrovie is ready for the meetings at all levels, including the level of political representatives of the parties and cooperation within the expert (working) groups: unfortunately, we can also see the lack of the dynamics at this basic level of the dialogue. Nevertheless, we have proposals, initiatives, specific issues and tasks that need to be addressed. The main goal is the full implementation of the decisions reached in the interests of the people”, Vitaly Ignatiev stressed during the meeting.

In turn, Sergey Gubarev voiced his support for the Pridnestrovian side initiative on the need to resume the practice of visits by the delegation of mediators and observers of the negotiation process to Pridnestrovie, addressed to all participants of the 5+2 format. “After returning from my business trip, I plan to write a letter to Franco Frattini in order to call for the organization of such a trip. I think that it is going to be the first step to restore the rhythmic work of the 5+2 format. I am convinced that the artificial pause in the work of the negotiation format is absolutely not justified”, the diplomat said.

“I perceive the 5+2 format not as a body that cranks out certain decisions, but as a collective intelligence that can show both Kishinev and Tiraspol which direction we should move further”, the Ambassador-at-Large said.

During the discussion the diplomats discussed a wide range of issues on the bilateral agenda of Russian-Pridnestrovian cooperation with an accent on some practical areas of cooperation in the social and humanitarian spheres. The interlocutors confirmed their readiness to maintain a direct dialogue on all aspects of mutual interest.