During the visit to the capital of the Russian Federation Vitaly Ignatiev holds several working meetings


Yesterday, on December 8, 2015, Acting Foreign Minister of the PMR Vitaly Ignatiev held a number of meetings with state officials of the Russian Federation during his working visit to Moscow.

The head of the Foreign Ministry met with Presidential Adviser on Regional Economic Integration Sergei Glazyev. The meeting was also attended by Assistant to Deputy Prime Minister of the RF, Special Representative of Russian President for Pridnestrovie D.O. Rogozin Dmitry Loskutov and Ambassador-at-Large of the MFA of Russia Sergey Gubarev.

The dialogue was focused on the discussion of socio-economic issues. In particular, the head of the Foreign Ministry of the PMR informed the Adviser to the President of Russia on some aspects of the agreement reached with the European Union on the format of trade of Pridnestrovian economic agents in EU markets. The two sides also exchanged views on the prospects and areas of modernization of the tax system of the PMR.

During the meeting, Vitaly Ignatiev expressed concerns of Pridnestrovie in connection with the measures planned by Moldova and Ukraine to block the foreign economic activity of the republic by establishing joint customs and border posts near the Pridnestrovian border. In this context, the diplomat informed the Russian side about the possible negative consequences of this unilateral step of Moldova and Ukraine in the trade-economic sphere, in the field of freedom of movement of people and vehicles, as well as regional security.

The sides discussed a number of promising directions of development of the Russian-Pridnestrovian economic cooperation.

In the course of the visit the head of the Foreign Ministry of Pridnestrovie met with Ambassador-at-Large of the MFA of Russia Sergey Gubarev and Deputy Director of the Second CIS Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry Vitaly Tryapitsyn at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the RF. The two sides discussed the current situation in the negotiation process between Pridnestrovie and Moldova.

Vitaly Ignatyev drew attention of the Russian colleagues to the Moldovan side’s systematic evasion of meetings at the level of representatives on political issues, as well as in the framework of expert (working) groups of the parties. The diplomat noted that the Moldovan side unreasonably inhibited the activity of expert (working) groups in such sensitive areas as closing politically motivated criminal cases, railway communication, education, legal and regulatory documentation support of citizens. The sides also exchanged views on prospects for further functioning of the “5+2” format.

Special attention was paid to the issues of establishment of joint customs and border posts of Moldova and Ukraine on the Pridnestrovian-Ukrainian border planned for 2016. During the meeting, it was emphasized that this unilateral decision has a highly destructive potential for overall regional situation and its implementation is able to torpedo the negotiation structure and generally to lead the political dialogue on the Moldovan-Pridnestrovian settlement to a dead end. In this context, Vitaly Ignatiev call on the Russian side to engage all the tools of a guarantor country in the negotiations for resolvinge the issue and to assist in preventing the implementation of the Moldovan-Ukrainian initiative.

They also discussed a number of other issues of bilateral cooperation.