The leader of the republic of Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselsky, said that a meeting with Moldovan President Igor Dodon, scheduled for December, is premature because its agenda hasn’t been shaped yet, Krasnoselsky said at a meeting with Transnistria’s Foreign Minister Vitaly Ignatyev, where they discussed the state of affairs.
"There is no such [agenda] today. In light of this, there is no need to arrange a meeting between the two presidents, which was previously discussed and preliminarily scheduled to take place this December," Krasnoselsky noted. He added that at this stage it is important to focus on convening and holding another round of talks between Moldova, Transnistria, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Russia, Ukraine and observers from the US and the EU, that is, in the 5+2 format, TASS reported.
"This is an efficient platform, at which we can really reach compromises and achieve a practical outcome on the issues, which remain unsolved. Things are not as smooth as we would like them to be. But no one said that it was going to be so. Nevertheless, talks should continue," the Transnistrian leader said.
Krasnoselsky also pointed out that the issues discussed at these talks are "subject to the consideration of working groups and are outside of the Moldovan president’s purview." Dodon in turn said during his visit last week to Moscow that he plans to hold talks with Krasnoselsky in December. During the meeting with OSCE chief, Claus Neukirch, which took place in Kishinev in late October, Dodon also backed Tiraspol’s call to gather for a new round of the 5+2 negotiations.
The Moldovan president believes that it is important to speed up the implementation of the agreements reached at those meetings held in Berlin (June 2016), Vienna (November 2017) and Rome (May 2018).
Kishinev and Tiraspol previously said that the problems with freedom of movement, border lands and Moldovan schools on the left bank of the Dniester River have been resolved. Moldova also recognized diplomas issued in Transnistria, the bridge over the Dniester River was opened, and the process of legalization of automobiles registered in Transnistria was launched. Still, problems remain with the refusal to mutually prosecute officials, cooperate in the field of communication, develop a mechanism guaranteeing the implementation of already-reached agreements and other matters.