Vitaly Ignatiev meets with Head of the British Embassy to Moldova Philip Batson


The Foreign Ministry hosted a meeting between Acting Foreign Minister of the PMR Vitaly Ignatiev and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the Republic of Moldova Philip David Batson.

During the meeting the interlocutors discussed the problematic issues in Pridnestrovie and Moldova’s bilateral dialogue, the features of current socio-economic situation of Pridnestrovie, as well as the projects implemented by the British Embassy.

Welcoming the guest, Vitaly Ignatiev said that the contacts between the Pridnestrovian and British sides are focused on a substantive discussion of a number of topical issues. “These issues need a constant momentum to implement them, so we will try to keep the rhythmic dynamics of work in the framework of the social and humanitarian and expert projects, which we are implementing together,” - the diplomat said.

During the meeting, Vitaly Ignatiev told the British Ambassador about the obstacles put by the Republic of Moldova against the foreign guests who planned to take part in international scientific-practical conference “The Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic and the Republic of Serbia: protection of sovereignty in the face of international turbulence”, as well as in the elections held last Sunday to the PMR Supreme and Local councils of all levels as international observers. The Head of the Foreign Ministry expressed regret that the Moldovan side prevents with such “barbaric” actions the foreign scientists, experts and politicians from visiting Pridnestrovie, seeking to limit the international contacts of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.

“The actions of Moldovan authorities have nothing to do with the principles of democracy, freedom and transparency, and certainly they do not create an atmosphere of confidence in the political communication between Pridnestrovie and Moldova,” - said Vitaly Ignatiev.

During the meeting, the Head of Foreign Ministry stated that the consultations in the framework of negotiations between the representatives on political issues and expert (working) groups of the RM and the PMR have not been conducted for a long time due to the Moldovan side’s unwillingness to engage in dialogue with reference to domestic political processes and absence of a functioning government. “Experience shows that the political crisis in Moldova can last for many months, but the talks should not be hostage to this situation,” - said the Pridnestrovian diplomat.

The sides also discussed prospects for the implementation of humanitarian projects in Pridnestrovie, and agreed to continue working contacts on other areas of mutual interest.