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Moldovan Ambassador to Russia Andrei Neguţa returned to Moscow

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Moldovan Ambassador to Russia Andrei Neguţa returned to Moscow, according to a press release issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry announcing that Andrei Neguţa met with Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Grigore Karasin.

“There has been an exchange of views on topical issues of bilateral relations in the context of the February 24th parliamentary elections,” the Moscow diplomacy said.

Reminder: On February 13th, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration sent a request to the Government regarding the recall of Ambassador Neguţa from Moscow. It was originally believed that this is linked to the release of Moldovan pilots held in Afghanistan.

However, later on, Moldovan Democratic Party vice-president Vladimir Cebotari said that the recall for Andrei Neguţa’s consultations was that the diplomat “did not make enough efforts to open a representative office of Transnistria in the Russian Federation, and this is unprecedented and affects the country’s integration process.”

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The Cobasna Warehouse, the Ribnita Metallurgical Plant and the vignette: Here’s what the Transnistrian leader says about the requirements of Chisinau and the OSCE

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On May 12th, deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration, Cristina Lesnic, and OSCE Special Representative for the Transnistrian settlement process, Franco Frattini, held a press briefing. The two asked for a visit to the Cobasna military deposit, they welcomed the Moldovan government’s involvement in canceling the embargo imposed by Ukraine on the Ribnita metallurgical plant and requested explanations from Krasnoselski about the vignette for Moldovan drivers for the Transnistrian region.

However, after the meeting between Frattini and Krasnoselski, nothing got mentioned from the requirements of Chisinau, besides the fact that the political process in Moldova stagnated the negotiation process and that there is a need to add the telecommunications, the common relations between the banks and the freedom of delivery to post in Transnistria to the list of negotiations.

The Ribnita Metallurgical Plant

Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration, Cristina Lesnic, admitted that the Moldovan government has been involved in resolving the issue of canceling the embargo imposed by Ukraine on the Ribnita metallurgical plant. Lesnic did not specify whether this is a letter signed by Prime Minister Pavel Filip to the Ukrainian leadership requesting the cancellation of the sanction applied to the Ribnita metallurgical plant.

Vinyl of 100 euro per year

The Tiraspol administration has introduced a vignette for drivers on the right bank of the Nistru river, so those who will travel in the Transnistrian region will pay ± €100 per year.

The OSCE Special Representative assured that during his visit to Tiraspol he would ask for explanations.

“The fact that tax is charged per person understands how this could affect freedom of movement. The amount is around €100 a year is a big sum for the inhabitants here. We will demand explanations from our colleagues in Tiraspol,” Franco Frattini said.

What the Tiraspol leader says after Frattini’s visit

According to the Transdniestrian press, Krasnoselski said that the political process of the Republic of Moldova is stagnating in the process of negotiations with Transnistria, as the government was not yet formed. There was no mention of the requirements of Chisinau regarding the Cobasna deposit and the vignettes.

The separatist leader from Tiraspol told OSCE Special Representative Franco Frattini that there are other issues that should be negotiated: telecommunications, the termination of political criminal cases, joint relations between banks and the freedom to deliver postal services in Transnistria.

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The debt of Moldovagaz to Gazprom has exceeded $6,200,000,000

On the occasion of the 20th founding anniversary, the Moldo-Russian company Moldovagaz meets with record debts to Gazprom. Thus, at the end of 2018, it reached the level of 431,660,000,000 ₽ or about $6,210,000,000 at the exchange rate.

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However, in his report, Gazprom mentions that Moldovagaz’s debt is zero and that the huge debt of $6,210,000,000 is included in the “reserve for credit losses” category. The majority (over 90%) belong to Transnistria, the region which paid absolutely nothing for what has been delivered by Gazprom since 2006.

The same document shows that last year payments made by Gazprom for the transportation of Russian gas on the territory of the Republic of Moldova to other states decreased by more than 22% to $47,100,000,000, which shows that the volume of transported gas has diminished.

Moldovagaz in its current form was founded in May 1999 and Gazprom has a 50% share, the Government of Moldova – 35.33% and the authorities in Tiraspol – 12.44%.

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Transnistria exports more goods to Romania than to Russia

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The data of the so-called Customs Committee of Transnistria show that the separatist region exported more in Romania than in the Russian Federation in the first half of 2019.

In January-March, Transnistria exported goods worth $20,000,000 to Romania and worth $19,500,000 to Russia.

Romania ranks first in terms of exports to the European Union, with a 47% share. Russia ranks first in exports to Eurasian Union countries, with a 95% share.

29% of total Transnistrian exports went to the European Union, in the first semester of 2019, while 14% of exports went to the Eurasian Union.

Nevertheless, Russia is at the forefront of imports in the Transnistrian region with $152,600,000. Transnistria imported goods in the amount of $10,900,000 from Romania.

Source: customs.gospmr.org/

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