Transnistria is going to find a formula for a closer interaction with the structures of the Customs and Eurasian Unions, said the President of the breakaway republic Yevgeny Shevchuk at a meeting with Ukrainian journalists.
When asked about the choice of Transnistria’s further path in the light of Moldova’s and Ukraine’s “European integration” intentions, Shevchuk said that in 2006 Transnistrians passed their opinion at a referendum endorsing a course for independence and subsequent free accession to the Russian Federation. “The referendum 2006 has determined Transnistria’s development strategy. It is reflected in the TMR’s foreign policy concept. And here our vectors with Chisinau part,” said TMR’s president.
“We would like our neighbors too to treat with respect the Transnistrian choice. And with a glance to the unsettled Transnistrian-Moldovan relations, trying to influence Transnistria with the Vilnius agreements (that is the November summit of Eastern Partnership in Vilnius, where Ukraine is going to sign, and Moldova to initial the Association Agreement with the EU) is in my opinion counterproductive. This may lead to a worsening of the situation in Transnistria, which, in my opinion, is outside the goals and objectives of both the European Union and our neighbors,” Shevchuk added.
Commenting on the recent influx of people in Transnistria from Moldova, Yevgeny Shevchuk said: “We note a growing number of citizens of the Republic of Moldova, who apply to the Transdniestrian authorities for the Transnistrian citizenship. A great number of citizens of Moldova buy apartments in Transnistria. Perhaps they see more stability here.”
In reference to the installation of migration points by Moldova on the border with Transnistria Yevgeny Shevchuk called the decision unilateral. According to him, the presence of this actual border in Tiraspol is perceived “as just another fact of the Transnistrian statehood.”