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OSCE Observer from Moldova, Vitalie Zara, dies in a car accident in Kramatorsk, Eastern Ukraine



Source: Ministerul Apărării al Republicii Moldova

18 January 2018- A Moldovan citizen, Vitalie Zara, deceased as result of a car accident in Kramatorsk, Donetsk region of Ukraine. A former commander of “Fulger” Special Battalion of Moldova and participant in the 1992 war on Nistru, Zara was an observer with the OSCE Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.

According to, the OSCE observer was a victim of the accident between the taxi he took and a truck.

Before the mission in Eastern Ukraine, reserve Colonel Zara had been an observer in Côte d’Ivoire.

Moldova’s Ministry of Defense expressed its condolences in regard to Colonel’s death. In a message, the Ministry underlined Zara’s participation in numerous national and international exercises, as well as his mission as a military observer in UN-mandated peacekeeping missions.

Currently studying International Relations at the University of Pécs, Hungary. Study focus: Transnistrian conflict settlement, Moldovan statehood, Moldovan democracy.

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Resolution on “enhanced relations”, support for Moldova’s territorial integrity registered with the US Congress



20 February 2018- North Carolina’s Representative David Price and Texas’ Peter Olson registered Resolution Nr. 745 in the United States House of Representatives, with reference to the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

The resolution titled “Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives with respect to enhanced relations with the Republic of Moldova and support for Moldova’s territorial integrity” acknowledges the “stable and positive relations” between Moldova and US, the need to implement reforms and fight corruption in Moldova, the Association Agreement with the EU, the European aspirations. Moreover, the authors give special attention to Russia’s embargo on Moldovan wine and fruits, as well as Russia’s military and political presence in the Transnistrian region.

The resolution reaffirms the US support for Moldova’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of Moldova, calling on Russia to withdraw its military forces and munitions from within the internationally recognized territory of Moldova but also to refrain from issuing economic threats or exerting pressure against Moldova and to cease any and all actions that support separatist movements within the territory of Moldova.

Interestingly enough, one of the authors of the resolution, Republican Pete Olson, met with the chairman of the Democratic Party of Moldova, Vlad Plahotniuc, less than a month ago:

Picture of US Congressman Peter Olson and Democratic chairman Vlad Plahotniuc, with Moldova’s Parliament Speaker and Deputy PM, Source: Vlad Plahotniuc

According to the given resolution, the US House of Representatives:

(1) reaffirms that it is the policy of the United States to support the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Moldova and the inviolability of its borders by other countries;
(2) supports the Strategic Dialogue as a means to strengthen relations between Moldova and the United States and enhance the democratic, economic, governance, and security reforms already being undertaken by Moldova;
(3) encourages the President, the Secretary of State, and the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development, to enhance United States partnerships with the Government, private sector, and civil society of Moldova and to focus United States assistance on supporting reforms that strengthen the justice sector, bolster democratic institutions, promote an open and transparent government, foster indigenous independent media and an open information environment, diversify energy supplies, increase energy security, and promote inclusive economic growth by focusing on the rural areas beyond the capital, enhancing investment opportunities, and increasing trade and job creation;
(4) encourages Moldova to continue implementing crucial reforms to ensure good governance, increase the capacity of and trust in democratic institutions, and strengthen the justice sector through anti-corruption efforts, transparency, tolerance, support for the rule of law, and maintaining open space for civil society to operate;
(5) reaffirms the importance of and support for free, fair, and transparent elections in Moldova;
(6) encourages the President to expedite the implementation of Public Law 113–96, especially for populations in Ukraine and Moldova;
(7) supports efforts to counter disinformation campaigns in Eastern Europe in ways that are consistent with democratic principles;
(8) affirms Moldova’s sovereign right to determine its own partnerships free of external coercion and pressure, and affirms Moldova’s right to associate with the European Union or any regional organization;
(9) calls upon the Government of the Russian Federation to fulfill its commitments made at the Istanbul summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in 1999 and to withdraw its military forces and munitions from within the internationally recognized territory of Moldova;
(10) calls upon the Government of the Russian Federation to refrain from issuing economic threats or exerting pressure against Moldova and to cease any and all actions that support separatist movements within the territory of Moldova;
(11) supports a results-oriented 5+2 negotiations process as the only channel for resolving the territorial conflict between the Government of Moldova and the leadership of the Transnistria region;
(12) supports efforts to resolve the Transnistria issue through a comprehensive settlement that secures Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, while providing a special status for the Trans­nis­tri­an region within Moldova;
(13) urges all parties to refrain from unilateral actions that may undermine efforts to achieve a peace­ful resolution or jeopardize agreements already reached, and encourages leaders of the Transnistrian region and the Moldovan Government to continue negotiations toward a political settlement; and
(14) affirms that lasting stability and security in Moldova is a key priority for the United States and that these can only be achieved if the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Moldova and all other European countries are respected.
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Moldova’s Foreign Minister Tudor Ulianovschi met Russian FM Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference




17 February 2018- Moldova’s Foreign Minister, Tudor Ulianovschi, met with Russia’s Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, at the Munich Security Conference, in Germany.

The two officials reportedly exchanged opinions on the agenda of the bilateral relations, underlining the need for improving the political dialogue. Ulianovschi and Lavrov also talked about the importance of continuing the negotiations on identifying a political solution in the Transnistrian conflict, on the basis of respect to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova.

Recently, the Moldo-Russian relations have gotten colder. Russia accuses Moldova of violating the right to information by imposing a ban on Russian TV, while Moldova accuses Russia of meddling in the Moldovan politics through party financing, propaganda but also abuse against Moldovan officials.

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Ukraine’s border police arrests two Transnistrian “policemen” attempting to kidnap Odesa man



Source: trueUA

12 February 2018- The Ukrainian border police of the Belgorod-Dnestrovsk segment arrested two “policemen” of Transnistria attempting to kidnap a Ukrainian citizen to the separatist region avoiding the checkpoint, reports TrueUA.

Initially, the “Kuchurgan” segment border police noticed two persons trying to pull another person nearby the “Kuchurgan” border checkpoint. The kidnapped person proved to be a male Ukrainian citizen from the city of Odesa.

The suspects are investigated for an attempt of kidnapping.

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