On the meeting between Nina Shtanski and Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Radojko Bogojevic


Earlier, the diplomat in the framework of a “shuttle diplomacy” has visited Kiev, Moscow, Kishinev and Brussels

Today, a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister of the PMR for International Cooperation, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nina Shtanski and Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Radojko Bogojevic was held in the PMR's MFA. The meeting was also attended by Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova Michael Scanlan.

During the meeting, Nina Shtanski highly appreciated the efforts made by the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office to maintain the dialogue between the parties of the conflict, including in the framework of the “shuttle diplomacy”, and expressed the hope that its results will be perceptible soon.

Particular attention was paid to the current socio-economic situation in Pridnestrovie, steadily deteriorating due to increased unilateral blockade measures by Ukraine and Moldova.

The decline in industrial production in our country has reached almost 15 percent, fall in turnover - 25 percent. Overall, exports from Pridnestrovie only in the current year decreased by 75 million US dollars, fall of imports has already reached 170 million US dollars. The logistics for the participants of foreign economic activity of Pridnestrovie has seriously become complicated. To a large extent, there is a complete reorientation of the traditional trade flows toward unprofitable”, said Nina Shtanski. In this context, the diplomat pointed out the continued pressure on the companies of the country as well, reminded the guests about the situation with the refusal to extend a license for the enterprises “Kvint” and “Buket Moldavii”.

The foreign minister especially focused attention of the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on a practice ongoing in Moldova to initiate criminal cases against officials, businessmen and ordinary citizens of the PMR. In this context, Nina Shtanski stressed that the problem is not solved, but also gets new and unexpected turns. “The number of criminal cases is growing weekly. The prosecution now applies not only to the officials of Pridnestrovie, but also on the entrepreneurs who are engaged in foreign trade activities”, said the minister.

Nina Shtanski expressed the Pridnestrovian side’s concern in connection with the strengthening of the belligerent and sometimes simply incorrect rhetoric of representatives of the Republic of Moldova. “We assume that this nervousness of our Moldovan partners can be linked with the mess that is happening in the domestic policy of Moldova. In any case, we urge our neighbours to engage in a constructive dialogue and diplomacy in its entirety”, she summarized.

Radojko Bogojevic, in his turn, assured the Pridnestrovian side in understanding the fears and concerns of Pridnestrovie and reiterated the readiness of the OSCE to provide all possible assistance to stabilize the situation in the dialogue of the parties.