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Russia plans to open 24 voting centers in Transnistria for 2018 Presidential elections

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Source: Сергей Мальгавко/ТАСС

The Russian Federation will reportedly open 24 voting centers in the Transnistrian region of Moldova for the Presidential elections taking place on 7 March 2018, reports Novostipmr.com quoting the press-release of the separatist electoral office.

The number of voting centers was agreed in December 2017 between the separatist electoral office and the Russian Embassy in Moldova. The so-called Transnistrian authorities insisted on opening two additional voting centers, taking into account the high turnout during the 2016 Duma elections. According to Regnum, one additional center will be opened in Tiraspol and Bender each.

The Embassy of Russia in Moldova did not announce yet the number and location of all voting centers to be opened on the entire Moldova territory.

During the 2016 Duma elections, 9 voting centers were opened in the so-called capital Tiraspol, 5 in Bender, 2 in Râbnița, 2 in Dubăsari, 1 in Grigoriopol, Dnestrovsk, Camenca, and Slobozia. Two centers from Tiraspol and Bender were opened only for the Russian Operative Group troops and the Russian peace-keepers. In 2016, the Moldovan authorities objected to the opening of the voting centers without their consultation.

There are around 180 thousand people holding Russian citizenship and living in the Transnistrian region.

Persons from Transnistria can receive the Russian citizenship by proving that they or their close relatives lived in the Soviet Union, the legal predecessor of the Russian Federation.

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Maia Sandu urges Tiraspol to lift the travel ban for officials of the Republic of Moldova

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Prime Minister Maia Sandu had a meeting with representatives of the mediators and observers in the “3+2” negotiation format. The discussions focused on the evaluation of the current stage of the Transnistrian settlement process.

Maia Sandu requested assistance from the “3+2” representatives in determining the Transnistrian party to eliminate in the near future the ban on traveling to the left bank for all citizens of the Republic of Moldova.

According to a government communiqué, the prime minister stressed that the “5+2” negotiation format for the Transnistrian settlement should become a platform to help fight corruption and smuggling.

“We have also discussed this in Kiev and I am glad that we have the same position in relation to this issue. The fight against corruption and smuggling in the Transnistrian region must be a priority. We will ensure that both state institutions and government officials will no longer be involved in corruption and smuggling schemes with Tiraspol, as it had happened in the past. As long as the Transnistrian region will be a major source of illegal enrichment for some people, there will be no real progress in identifying a political solution.”

In this context, Maia Sandu mentioned the need to prolong the EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM).

The head of the OSCE Mission to Moldova, Claus Neukirch, reiterated that securing the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova, with a special status for the Transnistrian region, is the key factor in the mission’s work, but also the main goal of the “5+2” format.

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Maia Sandu, on an official visit in Bucharest: “We need Romania’s support very much”

Today, July 2, Prime Minister of Moldova Maia Sandu is on an official visit to Bucharest. This is Sandu’s first external visit after the busy weeks of taking office. President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, says it is very important and symbolic that the first visit of Prime Minister Maia Sandu and the Government of Chisinau takes place in Bucharest.

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During the meeting, Klaus Iohannis said that Chisinau officials will have all his support, as well as Romania, in the commitment of the new coalition on the European path.

“I would like to, once more, thank the Romanian authorities and the Romanian citizens for their disinterested support. I am sure that the new milestones fixed today will further contribute to our collaboration. It is the first official bilateral visit after taking office and convincingly reflects the importance and interest that the new government attaches to special and privileged relations with Romania in the strategic partnership for the European integration of the Republic of Moldova,” declared Maia Sandu.

The Chief Executive of Chisinau, who will be accompanied by the Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Năstase on the official visit to Bucharest, will also meet with representatives of Parliament.

Photo sources: stirileprotv.ro, gov.md

Photo sources: stirileprotv.ro, gov.md

Photo sources: stirileprotv.ro, gov.md

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Moreover, Prime Minister Maia Sandu had a meeting with Romanian Prime Minister Viorica Dăncilă, where several topics were discussed, including the energy field, with an emphasis on finalizing the construction and putting into operation of the Iasi-Ungheni-Chisinau gas pipeline.

Photo source: Mediafax

Prime Minister Maia Sandu listed the projects he had been able to discuss with the Romanian Government: completion of the construction and putting into full operation of the Iasi-Chisinau gas pipeline, the importance of interconnections of high voltage power lines, and the construction of the Unirii motorway to Ungheni.

“I furthermore pointed out in the discussions with the Prime Minister and the major relevance granted by Romania to the settlement of the conflict in the Transnistrian region, respecting the territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova and not affecting its pro-European vector,” Dăncilă declared.

Reminder: The Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova, Nicu Popescu, had a meeting with his counterpart (Teodor Meleșcanu) in Bucharest yesterday.

Minister Popescu stressed that the relationship between the Republic of Moldova and Romania is a special one, including the position of Bucharest on the events in Chisinau in the recent situation of the duality of power.

“We appreciate that Romania was the first state to summon the political forces from Chisinau towards a peaceful transition of power, so Romania has played an important role in bringing the situation to the brink of normality.”

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New cases of hindering free movement in the Security Zone

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The problem of the Tiraspol structures in the Security Zone being abused by additional stationary stations of so-called border guards and mobile patrols of the “border guards and customs officers,” was heatedly discussed at the last meeting of the Joint Control Commission.

This time, our delegation’s attempts to put the issue on the new illegal border post of Transnistrian border guards in the perimeter of Pohrebea were not supported by the interlocutors, a press release from the Reintegration Policy Bureau announced.

According to the source, the delegation of the Russian Federation and the Transnistrian region insist on the exit of the military observers only to find confirm its existence, without underlining that its establishment constitutes a violation of the Commission’s decisions.

This time, the Moldovan delegation refers to the selective application of the provisions of the Commission Protocols and the biased treatment of the cases of abuse committed by the Transnistrian side.

Moreover, during the conference, those heard were the members of the working groups, especially those on the issues in the Security Zone. With reference to the Transnistrian border post “Zagornoe-Copanca”, which was established instead of the pacification, it was discovered that the representatives of the Transnistrian party and of the Russian Federation in the Joint Military Command invoked some superficial reasons and did not perform the task of transmitting the requested materials, found in the archive of military component management.

As a consequence, the OSCE Mission Representative warned about the creation of a blockage and called for the direct involvement of delegation leaders to boost the work of those responsible for delaying the provision of the requested documentation.

At the same time, following a series of cases of intimidation and detention of the inhabitants of Chircăieşti village by the border guards and Transnistrian customs patrols, on the segment between Chircăieşti and Chiţcani localities and near the Botna river, the Moldovan delegation evoked the provocative practices of the structures subordinated to Tiraspol, which violates citizens’ right to free movement.

In an address to representatives of the Russian Federation, the OSCE Mission, and Ukraine, the Moldovan delegation requested assistance in maintaining the situation in the Security Zone in accordance with the provisions of the Moldovan-Russian Agreement of 21 July 1992 and the decisions adopted at the level of the Joint Control Commission.

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