Comment of the PMR’s MFA Press Service for the Izvestia newspaper


​Press Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PMR commented on the publication of some statements by the representatives of the Republic of Moldova on the Moldovan-Pridnestrovian settlement.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the PMR takes notice of the statements of officials, including the pre-election rhetoric of the numerous candidates for the President post in the neighboring Republic of Moldova, especially if it affects the Moldovan-Pridnestrovian conflict settlement. It is noteworthy that opinions voiced by different politicians, in fact, largely duplicate the ‘general line” of the official Kishinev on relations with Pridnestrovie and are characterized as being of a framed, speculative and often divorced-from-reality nature.

The Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic within the framework of the negotiation process with Moldova is based on the ‘small steps tactics’, namely the need for priority to the settlement of acute socio-economic problems in relations between the parties, including in the area of politically motivated prosecution, free movement of people and vehicles, enjoyment of the Pridnestrovie’s right to free foreign trade and education. Unfortunately, the number of these problems is constantly growing due to the unilateral blockade measures and since the RM has been avoiding effective usage of the existing negotiating platforms. In other words, we must work on improving people’s living conditions, prove negotiability and commitment to constructive dialogue, create an atmosphere of mutual understanding and confidence between the parties.

In this regard, we are convinced that to discuss the model of political settlement of the conflict at this stage is premature at least, and this is irresponsible and extremely dangerous in view of the acute nature of the unresolved contradictions, diametrically opposite views on the future of the entire Eurasian space. We believe that in the current environment the representatives of the Republic of Moldova, really interested in achieving a just, viable and sustainable settlement of the Moldovan-Pridnestrovian conflict, should focus not on ultimatum-like statements, rather on lifting the blockade and sanctions against Pridnestrovie, building confidence between two countries, settling problems that complicate the lives of people both in Pridnestrovie and in Moldova.

At the same time it must be emphasized that the PMR considers a ‘civilized divorce’ of Pridnestrovie and Moldova as the only possible model for a final settlement of the conflict, subject to further construction of peaceful, equal and good-neighborly relations as two independent states. This policy is based on the will of Pridnestrovian people, expressed in 2006 referendum, and also reflects an objective reality, which has existed for 26 years of sovereign development of the Pridnestrovian state.