Vitaly Ignatiev Received EU Delegation


Today, the Foreign Ministry hosted a meeting between the PMR Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vitaly Ignatiev, and the delegation of the European Union, headed by the representative within the 5+2 negotiation process, Dorota Dlouchy-Suliga. Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs Alexander Stetsiuk and Ruslan Slobodenyuk, as well as the Head of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Moldova, Janis Mazeiks, also attended the meeting.

Opening the dialogue, Vitaly Ignatiev noted current contacts with the Moldovan side. However, meetings of representatives on political issues and expert (working) groups, due to the non-constructive position of the Moldovan side, generates no benefits for the residents of Pridnestrovie. In particular, he focused on the issue of medicine imports, recalling that the implementation of a partial solution identified and previously agreed by the experts of the parties is blocked by Oleg Serebrian’s office.

The head of the Foreign Ministry informed about the problems with importing vital goods and crop protection agents. According to the minister, the introduction of certain EU standards in the Republic of Moldova should in no way provoke a restriction in the import of necessary goods to Pridnestrovie.

The Minister also touched upon the issues related to the banking restrictions of Pridnestrovie and the refusal of the Moldovan side to sign a protocol decision agreed by experts on the return of abandoned children.

As Vitaly Ignatiev noted, the Republic of Moldova does not fulfil the agreements of the negotiation process signed over the past 30 years, including the Berlin Plus pack.

The meeting participants agreed on the need for pragmatic solutions in people’s interests and in order to avoid conflict situations.