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Tiraspol wants its airport to be reopened

The separatist administration of the so-called “Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic” intends to negotiate for the opening of the Tiraspol airport for civil aviation. The information was published by the Russian “Izvestya” quoting the separatist “foreign minister”, Vitaly Ignatiev.

According to Ignatiev, the reopening of the Tiraspol airport fits in the negotiations with Chișinău as a topic of social-economic relations. The reopening will allegedly solve the economic problems of the region, stabilize the trade and make the region more “open to the external world”.

First, it would need the approval of the authorities from Chișinău to allow Moldova’s airspace use, and later Ukraine’s approval. The separatist administration relies on the hope that the International Civil Aviation Organization would approve the use of Tiraspol airport, based on its alleged good technical state.

Answering to Izvestya’s inquiry, the spokesman of the governing Democratic Party of Moldova, Vitalie Gamurari, declared that “Chișinău never tried to lock Tiraspol” but always acted based on widely recognized rules. Gamurari emphasized that the Tiraspol airport can be part of the negotiations, but the already agreed solutions in the Transnistrian conflict settlement need to be implemented.

Some experts drew the attention to the fact that the Tiraspol airport is a military one and even has a military training field (more probably used by the Operative Group of Russian Troops) nearby.

Tiraspol Airport is a military airport situated about 4 kilometers from the center of Transnistria’s capital. Until 1989, it served as the airbase for USSR’s Air Force. After 1991, it stopped its regular activity with interruptions of incoming military planes of the Russian Federation with supplies and reinforcements for the peacekeeping mission on the Nistru river. Only in 2012, the leader of the separatist administration, Evgeny Shevchuk, proposed to reconstruct the airport from Russian money for civil purposes.

In 2017, Russia’s Deputy Prime-Minister, Dmitry Rogozin, was allegedly advised by the Moldovan authorities to not enter Moldova through Tiraspol’s airport on a Russian military aircraft.

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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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Dodon refuses to admit that “Crimea belongs to Ukraine”

After being invited to the “Puterea a patra (tr. Fourth Power)” show on N4 television, Dodon refused to firmly answer the moderator’s questions regarding the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

“In the 27 years of independence of the Republic of Moldova, the leadership of our country recognized the territorial integrity of the neighboring state, and nothing has changed”, declared Dodon.

At the insistence of the moderator, who asked “Which country should Crimea belong to?”, Dodon refused to answer, saying only that “it has already been exposed”.

A similar situation happened in October 2016, during the RTR-Moldova electoral debates, where, asked the same question, Igor Dodon answered that “Crimea belongs to the Russian Federation”, after which refused to unveil the subject.

Reminder: In late August, at a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian diplomatic corps, President Poroshenko said he accepts a talk only if Igor Dodon supports the territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state.

Source: Deschide.MD

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