MFA hosted a meeting with the European delegation

MFA hosted a meeting with the European delegation

Today, the PMR's MFA hosted a meeting between Deputy Chairperson of the Government of the PMR for International Cooperation, Foreign Minister Nina Shtanski and Head of the EUBAM Francesco Bastagli and Head of the EU Delegation to Moldova Pirkka Tapiola.

“We welcome your striving to maintain direct bilateral contacts with Pridnestrovie. We believe that it is important for you to get firsthand information about Pridnestrovie,” Nina Shtanski welcomed the meeting participants.

The Pridnestrovian diplomat expressed hope that, despite serious discrepancies in the evaluation of the situation in the border areas, representatives of the European structures are ready to treat the Pridnestrovian position with care and respect. “I consider your visit as a signal of it”, she said. “We are ready to develop relations and contacts with the Mission, as we believe that it will let European structures get objective information on the situation in Pridnestrovie”, concluded Nina Shtanski.

During the meeting the Pridnestrovian diplomat attracted attention to existing problems, which citizens of the PMR are facing while crossing the Ukrainian border. The Minister emphasized that restrictions, imposed by Ukrainian authorities, now affect not only males, but women and children as well. In conditions of the Moldovan-Pridnestrovian dialogue aggravation this problem is not only of political, but also of acute social nature, she noted.

The Foreign Minister of the PMR urged the European representatives to be objective in highlighting the situation regarding denials for citizens to cross the Ukrainian border in the context of occasionally voiced information on the absence of any serious problems in the sphere of citizens' free movement.

Giving comments on the statements in the media made by Ukrainian politicians about allegedly armed provocations on the border being prepared in Pridnestrovie, the Minister one more time voiced willingness of Pridnestrovie to conduct border areas monitoring jointly with international partners and reminded that earlier such proposal had been sent to all the “5+2” participants.

During the meeting the interlocutors also discussed other issues of mutual interest.