Vitali Ignatiev Met with the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman in Office Thomas Mayr- Harting


The Pridnestrovian Foreign Minister Vitaly Ignatiev met with Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office Thomas Mayr-Harting. The head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, Klaus Neukirch attended the meeting as well.

Welcoming the guests, Vitaly Ignatiev noted that the interaction of Pridnestrovie with the OSCE Mission and the current Albanian Chairmanship bears an active rhythmic nature. “In the current realities, relations within the framework of the Moldovan-Pridnestrovian settlement have received new regimes and dimensions associated with the coronavirus epidemic outbreak. This, of course, was a certain test both for interaction with the Moldovan side and for contacts in the framework of the negotiation process, and, as our President put it, a kind of exam for Moldovan-Pridnestrovian relations as a whole,” the Minister said.

According to the Minister, the proactive position of international participants in the settlement is even more important under the current conditions. “I would like to express my gratitude for your involved participation, situation monitoring, for the initiatives and ideas that we have been identifying in the recent framework and for the attempts to keep our interaction relevant at different levels. Pridnestrovie fully agrees with this approach, we strive to use every opportunity to give dynamics to the negotiation process,” the PMR Foreign Minister stressed.

During the meeting, took place a thorough exchange of views regarding the current situation in the negotiation process between Pridnestrovie and the Republic of Moldova. Existing pressing problems were analyzed in the framework of the dialogue between the parties, such as Moldova’s failure to fulfil its obligations stipulated by the agreements of recent years.

Continuing the discussion, diplomats paid attention to the current situation in the fight against coronavirus infection. Interlocutors agreed that the restrictive measures introduced during the quarantine period are objective and compulsory and are applied in most regions of the world affected by the pandemic.

Participants also conducted a brief overview of the current situation and approaches to telecommunications, criminal cases, and banking problems. Separately, prospects of the negotiation process for the next two months were discussed with an eye to the possibility of holding the next round of the “Permanent Meeting ...” in the “5 + 2” format.

Ending the meeting, interlocutors agreed to continue systemic working communication across the entire spectrum of relevant areas.