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Igor Dodon had a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi

President Igor Dodon had a meeting with the leader of the Kremlin today, where he asked for his support on the request for obtaining an observer status within the Eurasian Economic Union, as well as for other unsolved political and social issues.

Another thing Dodon put forward for discussion was the extension of the list of Moldovan enterprises that will have access to the Russian market, as well as the amnesty of Moldovan citizens with certain migration violations in Russia.

“We expressed our sincere interest in developing cooperation with the Russian Federation within the CIS and other international bodies,” wrote Dodon on his Facebook page.

Moldova’s position on the Transnistrian problem was explained again by Dodon: it supports the political settlement of the Transnistrian conflict within the “5 + 2” negotiation format in compliance with the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, with the granting of a special status to the Transnistrian region.

“We still count on Russia’s support in the process of regulating the Transnistrian conflict and we are interested in real progress in this field during the current year,” Dodon said.

At the same time, he mentioned “the positive role played by the current peacekeeping mission on the Nistru with the participation of the Russian peacekeepers”.

In his turn, Putin showed support for improving the bilateral relations, but also for the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict:

“We want to support your sincere intentions to rebuild and to develop Russian-Moldovan relations. From our behalf, we will do everything needed for the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict. (…) We will act as warrants for the previous agreements and the agreements that need to take place so that the problem is solved once and forever, in the interest of all people living in this territory”, said Putin, but did not specify which territory.

At the meeting, Igor Dodon complained that the Government and the parliamentary majority in Chisinau are “controlled by the Western countries and make every effort to undermine bilateral relations.” In this context, he declared his disapproval of any anti-Russian moves of the Moldovan authorities, such as the deportations of Russian public servants and journalist from Moldova, and anti-Russian propaganda in the media.

Besides meeting other CIS leaders, Dodon planned a visit to Sochi State University and its students, as well as meeting with representatives of the Moldovan diaspora in the city of Sochi and the region of Krasnodar.

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2018 World Press Freedom Index: Moldova down to position 81

2 May 2018- Reporters without Borders (RSF) published their 2018 index of freedom of the press around the world.

The ranking of 2018 places Moldova on the 81st place, 1 position down compared to 2017 (80) with a score of 30,41 (-0,40).

RSF did not change its position on the media ownership and polarization in Moldova:

Moldova’s media are diversified but extremely polarized, like the country itself, which is characterized by chronic instability and the excessive influence of its oligarchs. The editorial line of the leading media outlets correlates closely with the political and business interests of their owners. Journalistic independence and media ownership transparency are major challenges. As media outlets battle with each other in a climate exacerbated by the Ukrainian crisis, the broadcasting regulatory authority’s lack of independence and excesses in the “fight against propaganda” continue to be a source of concern.

Romania was ranked 44th with 23,65 points, Ukraine 101st with 31,16 points, while Russia 148th with 49,96 points.

According to RSF, the freest media can be found in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Finland. The countries with the worst media freedom ranking are Eritrea, North Korea, and Turkmenistan.

The RSF underlines in its 2018 World Press Freedom Index that the global situation of the press is worsening, especially in Europe:

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The entry procedure on the left bank of the Nistru River will be simplified

The leader of the self-proclaimed Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselski, signed an order establishing simplified control procedures at the entrance to the region. The decision comes in the context of winter holidays. The simplified procedures will be valid for the period December 30 – January 15, IPN reports on the regional press.

Krasnoselski also wanted to temporarily open additional ways of crossing the means of transport with passengers through the following points: Valea Adâncă-Zagnitkov, Ploti-Krutîe, Vinogradnoe-Novîi Butorî, Gruşca-Nemirovka, Krasnî Oktiabri-Vetrujeni, Raşcov-Vadul -Rascov, Ţîbulevka-Ţehanovka, Teia-Calfa.

Passengers, citizens of Ukraine and of the Republic of Moldova, will present the identity document or the document confirming the residence visa in one of the neighboring localities. Also, at all checkpoints, a simplified regime of goods verification will be applied during this period, except for those that are forbidden in the Transnistrian region.

Source: IPN

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Chișinău and Tiraspol sign protocols to solve issues of Latin script schools, telecommunication, diploma recognition and land ownership

On November 25th, the political negotiators of the Republic of Moldova and the separatist Transnistrian administration met in Bender to discuss technical issues ahead of the upcoming 5+2 negotiations in Vienna.

Accompanied by 5+2 mediators and observers, Reintegration Minister George Balan and the so-called “foreign minister” Vitalyi Ignatiev signed 4 protocols elaborated at the expert groups level. The protocols focus on 4 key issues:

  • Recognition of diplomas issued by education institutions in the Transnistrian region– the parties agreed to Chișinău accepting (apostillation) a neutral diploma issued in Transnistria;
  • Elimination of barriers in the telecommunication domain- establishing a direct connection of fixed and the mobile telephone network, as well as internet, after the negotiations between operators on both banks of Nistru river;
  • Elimination of barriers to the functioning of Romanian language (Latin script) schools in Transnistria- setting minimal rent and utility prices for the buildings rented out to these schools, setting 10 years as the minimal rent period for the buildings, providing the adjacent lands in use to the schools, providing conditions for free movement of teachers and pupils of these schools, but also the needed materials for their functioning;
  • Allowing farmers to use their lands across Tiraspol-Camenca road in Dubăsari district- applying the “2006 Mechanism” of distributing the lands to those persons owning them initially, stopping the use of lands by Transnistrian firms or persons (2014 distribution), stopping the penal cases against the latter by Chișinău.

Solutions to these problems are expected to be delivered by the joint expert groups.

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