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12 november 2010
Acting President Mihai Ghimpu sent a letter to the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Anders Fogh Rasmussen, asking him to provide support in the pullout of the Russian troops from the Transnistrian region.
In a press briefing on November 12, the Acting President said the letter to the NATO Secretary General was sent in the context of the discussions on the revitalization of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE Treaty) and the OSCE Summit that will take place in Astana this December.
Moscow, Nov. 15 (Interfax) - The presence of Russian peacekeepers in Transdniestria is a firm guarantee of regional security and serves the interests of both Tiraspol and Chisinau, the Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokesman Alexander Nesterenko said in a statement posted on the ministry's website on Monday.
The statement came in response to Moldovan Acting President Mihai Ghimpu's address to NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in which he asked him to assist in promoting a Russian troop withdrawal from Transdniestria.
November 24, 2010
Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Baconschi says he hopes Moldova will maintain its course toward closer EU integration after the November 28 parliamentary elections and he promoted greater European involvement in negotiations to settle the Transdniester dispute.
He also called for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Moldova, whose presence he termed an "anachronism."
RFE/RL: In general, Moldovan elections were carefully watched abroad only in Bucharest, Moscow, and of course, Tiraspol. The stakes are much higher now though: a victory of the ruling coalition would open the way to the West and to a deeper Western involvement in the Transdniester dispute. A communist comeback would mean further stagnation and more of the same in relations with Moscow and Tiraspol.
25 November 2010
The one critical issue getting in the way of Moldova's European integration is the status of the frozen conflict in Transnistria, the 530,000-strong majority Slavic and Russian-speaking separatist region sandwiched between Moldova and Ukraine
Since 2006, some $62 million of Russian aid has come to the region, used in part to deliver "Putin pensions" to locals.
The Molotov-Ribbentrop Antipact Association will hold a rally dedicated to the 92nd anniversary of the Great Union of December 1, 1918 in central Chisinau on November 27.
All of a sudden, they came to me and said: ‘Get your stuff quickly. You’re being released,’” Vardanean told Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Moldovan Service after arriving home in Tiraspol, the de facto capital of the breakaway region.
“It’s still a shock for me. I still cannot believe that I am home now,” he said.
A court in Transnistria sentenced Vardanean in December 2010 to 15 years in prison for espionage in a verdict that prompted protests from the international community amid accusations that the charges were unfounded.
Authorities said he was spying for Moldova’s secret services, and he was ultimately charged with high treason, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Jun 22, 2011
A much-anticipated conference aimed at finding an end to the standoff between Moldova and its renegade province Transnistria has 'unfortunately' failed, the Russian government said Wednesday.
A state of war technically still exists between Chisinau and Tiraspol, the unrecognized capital of Transnistria
Today at 16:34 | Interfax-Ukraine
Talks in the 5+2 format are to resume in Moscow on Sept. 22[...]
Moscow played the key role in getting Smirnov to continue the talks, he said.
In August, the Russian Investigative Committee's Main Investigations Department launched a check into an alleged mishandling of Russian financial aid to Transdniestrian and into a reported involvement of Smirnov's family members in it, Kommersant writes.
Last week, the chief of the consular service of the Russian Embassy in Moldova, Dmitry Baranov, said that Russia was suspending the issuance of Russian citizenship in Transdniestrian, and that those in need of it must travel to Chisinau.
Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration Eugen Carpov and Tiraspol’s political representative in the Transnistrian conflict’s settlement, Nina Shtanski, held a meeting at the headquarters of the Ukrainian embassy in Chisinau on 29 January. Attending the meeting were also representatives of mediators and observers within the five-plus-two format negotiations
Carpov welcomed Ukraine’s turn to hold the OSCE chairmanship in 2013, voicing hope that Ukraine will further be Moldova’s faithful partner in the Transnistrian conflict’s settlement process.
The political representatives have also examined a document providing for initial measures to ensure the free movement. In the context of confidence-building measures between Chisinau and Tiraspol, both sides agreed on the need to ensure this right. In this respect, the officials discussed the creation of a database for Transnistrian vehicles and their number plates, which would comply with international standards and requirements.
[---] it is hard not to notice the unprecedented fact, which was a visit of ministers Sikorski and Bildt to the non-recognised region of Transnistria. The truth, of course, is that this breakaway territory has already been visited by European diplomats but not of this rank.
[---] the Polish and Swedish ministers visited the fortress and memorial complex in the Transnistrian Bendery.
Seemingly, Sikorski and Bildt’s visit to Bendery, can be interpreted as a clear signal that thanks to such visits Transnistria will no longer be seen as a European outcast.
Possibly this visit was meant to show Transnistria that it is being treated seriously and encourage it to further engage in dialogue.
Originally posted by Hellmutt
At a press conference (today?), Transnistria's leader apparently said that instead of Transnistria joining Moldova, Moldova should join Transnistria, in order to solve all problems. Then he said "this is a joke, of course".
Russia is worried over lack of progress at the settlement talks between Moldova and Transdiestria, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said on Friday after a meeting with Transdniestria’s Foreign Minister Nina Stanski.
Relations between Chisinau and Tiraspol have strained after Moldova, which is seeking a liberalization of the visa regime with the European Union, began to install migration control check point at the border along the Dniester. The Transdienstian leader, Yevgeny Shevchuk condemned these steps that, in his words, pose certain risks to people living in Transdniestria, the bulk of whom have Russian and Ukrainian passports. In response, Tiraspol unilaterally endorsed the law on the state border and measures to protect it.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, more than 90,000 Ukrainians live in Transdniestria, therefore it is reasonable to open a consulate of Ukraine in Tiraspol.
July 6, 2013
The Ukrainian side is insisting that a dialogue between Chisinau and Tiraspol at the highest level is important for a successful settlement of the Transdniestrian conflict
19 July 2013
An unusual event took place 7 July in Tiraspol, the chief city of Transdniester, when a group of protesters gathered on a park square and called for a stop to the obstruction of websites critical of the government. It marked the first public demonstration against the administration of President Yevgeny Shevchuk since he came to power 18 months ago, pledging a more open style of governing in the unrecognized quasi-state of fewer than half a million inhabitants.
One site, Transdniestrian Social Forum (PSF), was closed down by its administrator in May, while the rest – independent news sites, opposition sites, and discussion forums – remain blocked and inaccessible to customers of the territory’s dominant Internet provider, Interdnestrcom, although they can be accessed from elsewhere.
Another man said the silenced forums – which include plenty of anonymous scuttlebutt and scurrilous accusations – were useful “despite the gossip” that appears on them.
Originally posted by Alekstir
abovetopsecret.com can be accessed without any troubles.
Tiraspol was held this morning a military parade to mark 23 years of independence unrecognized Transnistrian region. The day before the festival, Transnistrian leader Yevgeniy Shevchuk said that 2014 will be "a decisive year for relations between Chisinau and Tiraspol" due to the increased influence that will become the European Union.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister, on a visit to Tiraspol and Moldova threats resumed. Rogozin said that Moldova Transnistria could lose if they sign agreements with the EU. The official said that the European Union needs Moldova and negotiations on European integration is geo-political war against Russia.
He said that no country has joined the European Union without being a member of NATO and warned the Moldovan authorities not to do sudden movements this. "If the Republic of Moldova is a military alliance with Romania, what kind of peace at River can be? If you enter NATO, we say goodbye. Yourselves you sign the verdict, as Saakashvili did," said Dmitry Rogozin.
Earlier, Russian Dmitry Rogozin suggested vicepremeirul after meeting Leanca and Deputy Prime Minister Valeriu Lazar, that Moldova could be left without Russian gas if the Association Agreement signed in Vilnius