On the online meeting between Vitaly Ignatiev and the Head of the OSCE Mission Klaus Neukirch


Pridnestrovian Foreign Minister Vitaly Ignatiev held a video call with the head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, Klaus Neukirch.

As part of the conversation, took place a substantive exchange of views on the current situation in the negotiation process between Pridnestrovie and the Republic of Moldova in the light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister drew attention to the May 22 meeting results between industry experts on human rights and customs interaction when it wasn’t possible to find solutions to pressing issues due to the unconstructive position of the Moldovan side inclined to speculative rhetoric.

Along with, the Pridnestrovian Minister noted that the Republic of Moldova was constantly avoiding meetings of relevant experts on telecommunication, transport and banking interaction issues, meetings that were initiated by the Pridnestrovian side and all this does not allow making decisions as to the reached earlier agreements’ implementation and as to people's lives improvement.

Following the discussion, the head of the foreign ministry informed the OSCE representative about additional difficulties encountered in importing medicines into Pridnestrovie and stressed out that he expects the Pridnestrovian-Ukrainian state border to be unblocked for a full-fledged communication.

During the conversation, Vitaly Ignatiev especially emphasized that the political representative of the Republic of Moldova’s office avoids implementing the functionality defined by the negotiation process’ agreements. In particular, he drew attention to a working correspondence, where K. Lesnik referred to her lack of authority for resolving issues related to the imports blocking of certain categories of goods in Pridnestrovie. According to the Pridnestrovian Foreign Minister, such a self-removal points to the misinterpretation of the institution of political representatives’ significance and to the unwillingness to act in population’s interests as provided by the reached agreements.   

The Minister recalled the need to continue work on previously signed agreements’ implementation on transport, telecommunications issues, etc., and noted in this regard the interest to hold a full meeting of the “Permanent Meeting ...” in the “5 + 2” format in the coming months.

Ending the meeting, diplomats agreed to continue a regular working dialogue on the entire spectrum of relevant areas.