Contents tagged with Moldova

  • Heads of Moldova and Transdniestria hold a meeting for the first time in 8 years

    Moldovan President Igor Dodon and Vadim Krasnoselski, the head of the unrecognized Moldovan Transdniestrian Republic, held a meeting, which is the first time the leaders of Moldova and Transdniestria met in eight years. The parties identified a number of issues requiring urgent solutions, according to Transdniestria’s press service.

    The main agenda was about freedom of movement for citizens, recognition of documents, railroads, and communication. "Contact has taken place. The meeting was …

  • Newly sworn-in Moldovan President to visit Russia

    Moldovan President Igor Dodon, who was sworn in on Friday, will visit Moscow after the New Year holiday, as stated by the Russian Ambassador in Chisinau, Farit Mukhametshin, TASS reported.

    Dodon, a pro-Russian politician and former leader of the Moldovan Party of Socialists, beat his pro-European rival Maia Sandu in a run off vote on November 13th.

    "Russian President Vladimir Putin, when congratulating Dodon, invited him to Moscow. The visit is planned for mid-January. The date and program of …

  • Transnistrian authorities categorically oppose the withdrawal of Russian troops

    The President of internationally unrecognized Transnistria, Yevgeny Shevchuk, stated that Transnistria expressed its strong opposition to the withdrawal of Russian troops from the region, TASS reported.

    “Russian troops, who play a key role in peacekeeping operations in Dniester, represent a unique example of peacekeeping that is recognized by many experts in the world. This operation is a guarantee of peace and stability in Transnistria,” Shevchuk said.

    “We believe that it makes no sense to …

  • Ukraine is willing to provide a corridor for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria

    The ministers of defense of Ukraine and Moldova, Stepan Poltorak and Anatol Şalaru, have agreed at a meeting in Odessa that Ukraine will provide a corridor for the withdrawal of Russian troops and equipment deployed in Cobasna village in the unrecognized Republic of Transnistria, Deschide reported.

    Şalaru stated that the weapons that are located in military ammunition depots in Cobasna village pose a significant threat to both Moldovan and Ukrainian citizens, not to mention the population of …

  • Moldovan presidential candidate Dodon: Crimea is de-facto part of Russia

    Moldova’s Socialist Party presidential candidate, Igor Dodon, stated that the Crimea is de-facto part of Russia. However, Dodon didn’t provide a clear answer to whether he will agree to recognize it in the event of his election as President, Radio Svoboda reported.“There is excessive speculation on this issue. The Crimea is de-facto currently a part of Russia. Legally, this fact hasn’t been recognized by the West and the majority of countries. I don’t know whether it will be recognized in the …

  • Moldovan Foreign Ministry summoned Russian Ambassador due to troop rotations in Transnistria

    The Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Chișinău, Farit Mukhametshin, was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova due to the announced rotation of Russian peacekeepers in Transnistria.

    “Moldovan authorities are outraged to learn of an official statement by the Russian Defense Ministry regarding the first round of a rotation of the so-called battalion of peacekeepers from the Russian Task Force in the Transnistrian region of Moldova,” …

  • Moldova protests Russian exercises in Transnistria

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova expressed discontent with Russian diplomats concerning recent exercises conducted by Russian troops in the territory of Transnistria.

    On 18 August, the Ministry gave a statement indicating that the exercises are "illegal, provocative and inadmissible." The statement notes that the exercises are focused on "undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Moldova.

    The Ministry reiterated Chisinau’s demand that Russia withdraw its troops and …

  • Moldovan Prime Minister says his country needs the West's help to fight Russian propaganda

    In an article written for The Hill, Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip said that his country needs the help and support of western partners to counter the effects of Russian propaganda, especially on the eve of Moldova’s presidential elections.

    “In 10 weeks, Moldova's voters will elect a new President who favors either remaining on the pro-Western government's path toward the European Union (EU) or veering more closely toward Russia's orbit,” Filip wrote. “I am pleased to say that through …

  • Steinmeier proposes special status for Transnistria

    The German Minister for Foreign Affairs called for the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict by granting special status to Transnistria.

    The acting chairman-in-office of the OSCE, German Minister for Foreign Affairs, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, stated the need to resolve the Transnistrian conflict before it escalates further.

    “Old conflicts that we call frozen, they aren’t so frozen. There are always risks of these conflicts transitioning into the ‘hot’ stage. We saw it in the case of the …

  • Moldovan Defense Minister: Russia's hybrid war cannot be stopped without NATO support

    Moldova’s Minister of Defense, Anatol Șalaru, said that, without the support of NATO, Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova will not be able to defend against a “hybrid war” that attempts to destabilize the situation in Eastern Europe, the Defense Ministry of Moldova press service reported.

    According to the report, during the opening ceremony of the active phase of the Sea Breeze 2016 military exercises in Odessa, the Minister said that cooperation between the NATO member states and their Eastern …