Vadim Krasnoselsky Met with the Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova Claus Neukirch


The negotiation room of the PMR President's Administration attended the meeting of Vadim Krasnoselsky and Claus Neukirch. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the PMR Vitaly Ignatiev and the Adviser to the President of the PMR on foreign policy Ruslan Slobodeniuk joined the working discussion as well.

One of the main conversation topics was the negotiation process between Pridnestrovie and Moldova which according to Vadim Krasnoselsky, has been recently stalled. The head of the Pridnestrovian state called the current situation in this sphere being a stagnation. He noted with regret that in addition to the lack of progress in solving new problems, the earlier reached agreements are not being implemented as well. Moreover, even the once successfully launched and debugged mechanisms got stalled alike. An example of, is neutral plates issuing. Moldova unilaterally withdrew from the VRO agreement and argued this decision in favor of the allegedly non-extended relevant law. The Pridnestrovian President called this argument dubious and the Moldovan side’s approach to the solution of urgent issues for citizens not serious. “One gets the impression that the Moldovan side is creating an artificial desire to move forward in the negotiation process,” Vadim Krasnoselsky shared his observations, noting the inadmissibility of such a situation when political interests are put at the forefront, rather than social and humanitarian aspects. Vadim Krasnoselsky mentioned as well the constantly taking place electoral processes in the neighboring republic that get systematically used as an explanation for the Moldovan negotiators’ inaction or for the inconsistency of their decisions. “References to electoral circumstances are unacceptable. These are domestic issues that should not influence foreign policy,” the PMR President believes.

The head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova noted in turn that he is interested in assessing the negotiation process after the Pridnestrovian and Moldovan Presidents’ next meeting. Claus Neukirch emphasized that as an OSCE representative, "just as before, he is focused on working for a practical result." According to him, the possibility to hold a "5 + 2" format meeting in the in the near future is being considered. The European diplomat stressed that he understands and shares the Pridnestrovians’ concern as to Moldova’s failure to fulfill a number of obligations, in particular within the VRO situation.

The interlocutors also touched upon the pandemic topic. Vadim Krasnoselsky informed the interlocutor about the increase in morbidity among Pridnestrovians, noting that the situation in the PMR is noticeably better than in Moldova. At the same time, according to internal statistics, about 80% of COVID-19 infected PMR citizens contacted with virus carriers from Moldova. “While Moldova “is on fire” and remains in the “red zone” evading quarantine security requirements, we’ll keep restricting contacts. The virus must be stopped,” Vadim Krasnoselsky said, adding that if the situation worsens, Pridnestrovie will be forced to again increase the number of quarantine posts on the Pridnestrovian border. Besides, the Head of the Pridnestrovian state believes that Moldova needs additional WHO’s attention and advisory and methodological assistance provision while countering the virus spread.

The interlocutors also discussed other issues of interest to the parties.


Source: website of the PMR President