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Vadim Krasnoselski wins presidential elections in Transnistria

Vadim Krasnoselski won the so-called presidential elections by 62,3% in the Transnistrian separatist region of Moldova, reports novostipmr.com.

Former speaker of the Supreme Soviet of the un-recognized Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic (PMR) won 157410 votes of the people of Transnistria.
Former president Evgeny Shevchuk got 27,38%, Oleg Horjan- 3,17%, Vladimir Grigoriev- 0,67%, Irina Vasilaki- 0,6%, Alexandr Deli- 0,55%. 3,4% or 8593 people voted against everyone.
The total turnout at the elections constituted 59,16%.

Source: Novostipmr.com

Source: Novostipmr.com

On December 12th, Krasnoselski came with a statement on his election and his priorities as president of PMR. He thinks it is necessary for Transnistrian economy to integrate in the “Eurasian and Russian economies”, which it should form strong economic ties, so that the political ties become tighter.
Speaking about Ukraine and Moldova, Krasnoselski said he would build “good neighborly relations” with focus on economical, humanitarian and cultural domains, but especially on the political recognition and status of the region.

The President-elect of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, “sincerely” congratulated “Vadim Nikolaevich” on the victory and expressed his belief that the election would open a new page of the relations between Chișinău and Tiraspol, hoping for a meeting in the “following weeks”.

Ion Tăbârță, political expert at IDIS Viitorul, declared for Moldova.ORG that the election of Krasnoselski would possibly move the cold relations between Chișinău and Tiraspol. This would be the case because the newly-elected Transnistrian leader is close to Sheriff corporation, which is now interested in opening the market to the European Union through Moldova. Tăbârșă thinks that Kremlin will still hold power in the region in the geopolitical issues, even if Krasnoselski will be against some moves.

Moldova former Reintegration Ministers, Eugen Carpov (2011-2014) and Vasile Șova (2002-2009), declared for Deschide.md that the dialogue on the conflict settlement would be continued, despite possible hesitations of Krasnoselskii, but the relations with Chișinău would not change, let alone Transnistria’s geopolitical course. Carpov emphasized that the elections do not actually hold any legal basis, since they took place in a “, self-proclaimed, un-recognized, anti-constitutional area”.

Vadim Krasnoselski, 46, previously held position of president of the administration council of local mobile network company Interdnestrkom, part of Sheriff corporation. General of the local militia, Krasnoselski exercised the function of Interior Minister during the presidency of Igor Smirnov, between 2007 and 2012. According to RISE.md, he is intensely promoted by TSV, a local TV channel created by Sheriff founders Victor Guşan and Ilya Kazmaly.

The Pridnestrovian Moldovan Republic declared its independence from the Republic of Moldova in 1990 and insisted on it in the 1992 war with the Moldovan constitutional authorities. PMR was not recognized by the United Nations and not even by the Russian Federation, who de-facto controls and supports, politically and financially, the region.

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

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Russia sides with Tiraspol on the “border checkpoints” at Gura Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge

26 April 2018- Another session of the Joint Control Commission took place in Bender this week. After accepting the end of the mandate of a Russian military observer, Vitaly Bogarchuk, the JCC went on with the discussion of the weekly reports on the Security Area.

The discussion was more intense on the solution for the illegal installing of the “border checkpoints” of the Transnistrian administration next to the Gura Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge.

According to the press-release of the Moldovan delegation, the solution of eliminating the checkpoints of the “border policemen”, “customs officers” and “migrational officers” was proposed again to the JCC. The Moldovan delegation reiterated its proposal on creating a joint mechanism of ensuring free movement on the bridge by the Joint Peacekeeping Forces, the Moldovan police, and the Transnistrian “militsia”.

Unlike before, the head of the Russian delegation, Ilya Uvarov, sided this time with the Transnistrian delegation and rejected the proposal of the Chișinău delegates. The given reason for rejecting the proposal was the claim that the issue is not within the competences of the JCC, but a topic for the political representatives to negotiate. According to Novostipmr, the Transnistrian delegation head, Oleg Belyakov, complained that Moldovan representatives made insults, while not analyzing the proposals of Tiraspol.

The debate was closed and left for the session on 3 May.

Previously, Chișinău proposed that, in accordance with the JCC principles and the 1992 Agreement, a viable solution for Gura Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge would be leaving the competence of ensuring free movement and road safety at the given bridge to the Joint Peacekeeping Forces (checkpoint number 11 is nearby), but also to the Moldovan road police and the Transnistrian similar structure (ГАИ).

Chișinău proposes that car traffic on Gura Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge be checked only by peacekeepers and road policemen

Reopened only in November 2017, Gura Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge over Nistru river was blown up by the Transnistrian separatist forces in 1992, then reconstructed in 2000 with the European financial support (30 million lei), but could not be inaugurated due to political misunderstandings between Chișinău and Tiraspol.

The bridge is currently in the competence of the Joint Control Commission, who controls the peacekeeping troops in the neighboring area.

In the opening protocol, Chișinău and Tiraspol committed to not use Gura Bîcului-Bîcioc bridge for military goals and offered the Joint Control Commission the authority to open the bridge. However, it appears that the separatist authorities ignore the principle of free movement of people and goods between the two banks. The Transnistrian authorities apparently already activated a customs control checkpoint in Bîcioc which most probably obstructs the free movement. Krasnoselsky himself with his prime-minister Alexandr Martynov visited the checkpoint after the inauguration of the bridge.

The Joint Control Commission ( Russian: Объединенная контрольная комиссия – ОКК, Romanian- Comisia Unificată de Control) is a trilateral peacekeeping force and joint military command structure from Moldova, Transnistria, and Russia, which operates in a buffer zone on the border between the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine.

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Dodon with Krasnoselski at Bender: Peacekeeping mission on Nistru needs to continue

25 April 2018- The President of the Republic of Moldova, Igor Dodon, conducted a visit to the Transnistrian region and had talks with the local leader Vadim Krasnoselski at Bender.

According to the Presidency press-release, Dodon and Krasnoselski exchanged their opinions on the implementation of a “package of eight” agreed by them in January 2017, especially in the case of the free movement across the Nistru river banks. Both welcomed the signing of the protocol decision on the participation of Transnistrian cars in the international traffic.

A common position was held on the viability of the peacekeeping mission:

“We discussed the role of the peacekeeping mission on Nistru. I want to confirm my position about the success of this mission and I want to underline that all parties involved are fulfilling their obligations. I think that this mission should be continued and it is inconvenient to raise questions on shutting it down…”, said Dodon quoted by the Transnistrian “Presidency”.

“I am sure that we deserved peace in our land and (this) peacekeeping (mission) should be researched and applied in other conflict zones, but not excluded. Nevertheless, there is a lot of discussion on the Operative Group of Russian Troops. Transnistria traditionally sees OGRT as a part of the peacekeeping (mission)”, declared Krasnoselski.

Dodon and Krasnoselski also mentioned that they would meet more regularly.

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Chișinău and Tiraspol agree on admission of Transnistrian cars into international traffic

The Moldovan and Transdnistrian Chief Negotiators, Cristina Lesnic (l) and Vitaly Ignatiev (r), sign an agreement on the mechanism for the participation of vehicles from Transnistria in international road traffic, Bender, 24 April 2018. (OSCE/Anna Vorobeva)

24 April 2018- The owners of vehicles registered in the Transnistrian region will be able to receive neutral license plates for admission into the international traffic starting from 1 September 2018. An agreement in this regard was signed in Bender between the Moldovan constitutional authorities and the Tiraspol separatist administration.

According to a press-release of the Moldovan Reintegration Bureau, the neutral license plates of non-commercial vehicles will have three letters and three numbers. The car license is agreed by both parties, in accordance with the 1969 Vienna Convention.

The registration of Transnistrian vehicles will be conducted in the offices in Tiraspol and Râbnița with the participation of the Moldovan authorities. Chișinău and Tiraspol will reportedly have two different databases on the vehicles with neutral plates. The car owners wanting to keep their Transnistrian number plates will be able to travel only within the territory of Moldova- one car cannot have one neutral and one Transnistrian plate at the same time.

The protocol decision (Tiraspol’s “MFA” published it in Russian) will be applied since 1 September 2018. The parties reserved their right to suspend the mechanism in case of systematic violations.

The Head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, Ambassador Michael Scanlan, commended the leadership and collaboration demonstrated by the Sides: “It is the constructive negotiation approach between the Sides and the personal engagement of the Moldovan and Transdniestrian leadership, which made this success possible. It is a success story for both Chisinau and Tiraspol”, he said. “When the joint implementation of the new mechanism begins this September, the trust between the Sides will deepen even further.”

The European Union welcomed the agreement between Chișinău and Tiraspol, describing it as a “positive dynamic in the Transnistrian settlement process”, but pointing at the importance of swift and thorough implementation of the agreement.

The US Department of State also welcomed the agreement on the Transnistrian participation in international traffic:

The United States supports a comprehensive settlement of the Transnistria conflict, and we welcome this week’s agreement to allow vehicles from Transnistria to legally travel on roads outside of Moldova. This will bring real benefits to the lives of people on both sides of the Nistru River. 

Many experts and civil society representatives in Chișinău criticized the Moldovan authorities for giving away sovereignty to the Transnistrian regime:

“This submission is absolutely unjustified, because it does not reffer to neither the human rights, nor the Transnistrian conflict settlement (…) (This) does not get us close, but puts us away from the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict. First, the documents institutionalize the acts issued by the anti-constitutional structures on the left bank of Nistru. This document does not get us close to the conflict settlement and risks to become a dangerous precedent for Ukraine”, IPP expert Oazu Nantoi told Ziarul de Gardă.

“I think it is needless to mention that through these projects, the sovereignty of the Republic of Moldova and the Tiraspol regime is effectively legalized through the policy of small steps. At the same time, these projects represent major risks for the fiscal discipline and budget collection. This mechanism creates new premises for avoiding the standard car import procedure and allows the Tiraspol regime to get new financial resources, the registration of vehicles through corruption schemes…”, writes Expert-Grup expert Sergiu Gaibu for Moldova.org.

Quoted by Deschide.md, IDIS Viitorul expert Rosian Vasiloi accused the OSCE Ambassador Scanlan of too much involvement in the negotiation process on the Transnistrian cars’ issue, a problem that does not contribute but further distances the conflict settlement. Vasiloi also criticized the brought example of German regional license plates:

„The German Ambassador made reference to the German model of registering cars. But we cannot apply it in the Republic of Moldova, because in Germany all mechanisms are regulated by the national law and the lands are part of an united country, which we lack here”, said Vasiloi.

The issue of Transnistrian vehicles’ participation in the international traffic has been included on the agenda in the Berlin protocol from 2016.

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