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Tiraspol seems to accept Chișinău’s conditions for Transnistrian vehicles to enter international traffic

The separatist authorities of the so-called Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic (PMR) seem to be conceding to Chișinău in the issue of access to the international traffic. At least, this can be deducted from the recent statement of the Tiraspol administration after the meeting of the local leader Vadim Krasnoselsky with the local “foreign minister”, Vitaly Igantiev.

The latter reportedly informed Krasnoselsky about the progress made by the joint expert groups on automobile transportation.

In particular, he informed about sending a letter to all actors of the 5+2 dialogue on the compromises acceptable for Tiraspol in order to have access to the international traffic:

“Yesterday, Transnistria sent an official letter to all the participants of the 5+2 format with a position paper containing all those compromise steps that we are willing to take in regard to the participation of the Transnistrian auto transportation in the international traffic. We think that this problem can be solved in the close future with the necessary political will from the behalf of Chișinău and their readiness for taking compromise decisions”, accordingly said Ignatiev.

In his turn, Krasnoselsky appreciated the current development around the issue and underlined that it is in Transnistria’s interest to use neutral number plates and registration cards:

“The citizens must register the automobiles, receive the respective documents and number plates according to their residence”, indicated PMR’s president.

Two weeks before, representatives of the Tiraspol administration insisted on allowing registration of vehicles with foreign passports and on registration certificates issued by regional “structures”. Reminding of the provisions of the 1968 Vienna Convention that issuing authority is responsible for the vehicles in the international traffic, the Moldovan experts refused the counterproposal, but reiterated their openness to a neutral model of number plates and accepted the possibility of them being made in Tiraspol.

It is worth mentioning that Transnistria has its own car number plates that are not accepted in the international traffic because of the unrecognized status of the region. The Transnistria-registered cars can be driven on the right bank of Nistru if they have Moldovan insurance license. Ignatiev himself had to confront the problems of having a Transnistria-registered car: in June 2017, the Moldovan police confiscated his diplomatic number plates from his car and told to go back from right to left bank of Nistru.

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A military helicopter has collapsed in the Transnistrian region

An MI-8 helicopter of the so-called Transdniestrian Air Force has suffered an accident on the territory of the Tiraspol airfield. The accident occurred on September 20, and three people were on board. The helicopter is totally destroyed, and nothing about the fate of passengers is known, says Runway08, a blog about aviation.

On the other hand, in a press release published on the site of the so-called Defense Ministry of the separatist republic, the incident is confirmed, but it is said that the helicopter suffered little mechanical damage, and those on board ended up with light injuries.

According to the separatist authorities, in order to determine the circumstances in which this accident has occurred, an investigation was initiated.

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Russia urged by ECHR to pay 53.000 EUR for the mother of a young man killed in a paramilitary unit in Transnistria

On September 18, the European Court of Human Rights issued a ruling finding that the Russian Federation had violated art. 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights on the right to life after a young man was forcedly assassinated and killed in an illegal paramilitary unit in the Transnistrian region.

Young people who refuse to serve the illegal regime of the so-called “Transnistrian Army” are hunted down and persecuted by the administration of the region, and the Moldovan authorities are indifferent to this problem, which has been repeated for more than 25 years.

According to a Promo-LEX Report, young people who avoid enlisting in the so-called “Transnistrian army” are fined up to 1,700 EUR or get up to 2 years in prison. In the history of Moldova, there is no sentence of condemnation for the forced enlistment of young people in the Transnistrian region.

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NB: The armed forces in the Transnistrian region have about 5.000 people (the national army of Moldova has a staff of about 6.000 people), distributed in 4 infantry brigades (Ribnita, Dubasari, Tiraspol and Bender); a special brigade; Battalion of tanks, equipped with 20 fighting machines; 18 missile launch systems of the “Grad” type and less than a 100 pieces of artillery.

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500 military students, including minors, trained by Transnistrian soldiers in the Security Zone

During the hearing of the Moldovan Joint Control Commission (September 13) on the Situation in the Security Zone, the Moldovan delegation called for explanations regarding the military actions organized on 7-9 September by the military structures of Tiraspol near the Mereneşti locality, in the southern sector of the Security Zone.

About 500 military students, including minors: Cadets and Suvorovists who, under the guidance of the Transnistrian soldiers, attended a training course with the use of military equipment. Such incidents occurred simultaneously at the bridges over the river Nistru Gura Bâcului – Baciuc and Rezina – Ribnita.

These are some of the many waves of abuse committed by Tiraspol, that violate the right to free movement in the Security Zone and prove the importance of ensuring security and free movement in the Security Zone by the peacekeeping contingent jointly with Police and the so-called Russian “militia”.

Discussions on the subject will be continued at the next JCC meeting scheduled for 20 September 2018.

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