Presidents of Transnistria and Moldova will link Russia



Vadim Krasnoselsky and Igor Dodon was ready to resume talks

The President of the unrecognized Transnistria Vadim Krasnoselsky yesterday during a visit to Moscow held talks with Russian officials. In January the Russian capital can visit and the leader of Moldova Igor Dodon. Experts in Chisinau and Tiraspol noted that the change of leaders on both banks of the Dniester can encourage negotiations to resolve the frozen conflict, which skidded all of 2016. Details from Chisinau-the correspondent of “Kommersant” VLADIMIR SOLOVYOV.

Vadim Krasnoselsky, elected Transnistrian President on 11 December and 16 December, came into office, spent yesterday in Moscow a series of meetings. He visited Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, held talks with Deputy foreign Minister Grigory Karasin, met with the Ambassador of the foreign Ministry’s special envoy Sergei Gubarev, who represents Moscow in the negotiation format “5+2” (Moldova and Transnistria-parties to the conflict; the OSCE, Russia and Ukraine-mediators; the EU and the USA-observers).

The meeting with Mr. Rogozin, who also holds the post of special envoy of the Russian President on Transnistria, was focused more on economic issues. The Transnistrian leader, according to “Kommersant”, informed the Russian curator of the unrecognized Republic about how he intends to implement the provisions of his election program. She’s at Mr Krasnosel socially oriented, and sometimes altogether populist (for example, the candidate promised free gas to all those in need). According to the interlocutor of Kommersant in the Russian government, Rogozin and Lord Krasnosel agreed to establish cooperation between governments, once the Cabinet of Ministers of Transnistria has been fully established.

At the meetings Vadim Krasnoselsky, the Russian foreign Ministry it was about the negotiation process on the conflict settlement, which is conducted in the format “5+2”. By the end of 2016, the negotiators have nothing to boast of: the Chisinau and Tiraspol stumble even on those questions that seemed technical and humanitarian-like official recognition of Transnistrian diplomas and the development of an internationally recognized registration number for Transnistrian vehicles (with the current numbers of local car owners cannot travel to EU countries).

Sergey Gubarev after the meeting with Vadim Krasnoselsky told “Kommersant” that he hopes for a revival of the negotiation process next year. “I as a representative of Russia in the “5+2″ I would like to have the format returned to a clear rhythm: for at least five to six meetings per year, as recorded in the document on principles and procedures for the negotiations” – said the diplomat. Recall that in 2016, there has been only one official meeting in the format “5+2”. According to Mr. Gubarev, the Transnistrian leader expressed readiness to fit in the designated rhythm. “As far as I am aware, this approach is shared by the Moldovan partners,” said the negotiator.

Respondents ‘ b ‘ experts are also expected to step up negotiations and reach a specific solution. These expectations are associated with the fact that December 23, Igor Dodon, who was elected November 13, the President of Moldova, will assume the duties of the President. Transdniestrian settlement Mr. Dodon has declared one of its priorities. He also said that he would discuss this issue during a visit to Moscow, where he immediately after the election, invited the Russian leader Vladimir Putin. According to “Kommersant”, the visit of Igor Dodon could take place in mid-January.

While he is engaged in forming his administration, which invites people, known in Moscow. So, as adviser to the President on the Transnistrian settlement designate an experienced negotiator, former Minister of reintegration of Moldova Vasily Chauvet, and the position of Advisor on foreign policy — former Moldovan Ambassador to Russia Andrei Negutsa.

Vasile Sova in an interview with “Kommersant” said that 2017 may be a “window of opportunity” in the Transnistrian area. However, he says it carefully: “Everything can move forward with careful work with external partners and within the country — to develop a common position”.

The former head of the Transnistrian foreign Minister Valeri Litskai optimism does not hide and is confident that the election of the masters of Krasnoselsky and Dodon will have a positive impact on the negotiation process. Especially since, in his opinion, in relations between the West and Russia that change is coming. “In a world of planned mitigation confrontation of the great powers. In our region, agreements often frustrated by the reticence of the big players. Now the parties will be easier to achieve mutual understanding, especially considering the fact that changed the presidency. Former leaders — Yevgeny Shevchuk and Nikolay Timofti-antipresident: they never even met. Now another thing: Krasnosel’skii and Dodon confirmed their readiness to meet”, – said “Kommersant” Mr. Litskai.

Interlocutors “” in Chisinau does not exclude that the first meeting of the presidents of Moldova and the unrecognized Transnistria will take place before the end of the year.