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Tiraspol wants its airport to be reopened

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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.

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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Tudor Ulianovschi: Moldova pleads consistently for the complete and unconditional withdrawal of Russian troops from its territory

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The statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Tudor Ulianovschi, at the OSCE’s annual ministerial meeting, which took place today in Milan, Italy.

The Republic of Moldova consistently pleads for the complete and unconditional withdrawal of Russian troops from its territory and for the transformation of the current peacekeeping operation into a civilian mission with an international mandate.

According to a communiqué from the Chisinau Diplomacy, Minister Ulianovschi mentioned that these and other measures to build trust and support the population effectively contribute to the proximity between the two banks of the Dniester and to create a favorable atmosphere for the final settlement of the Transnistrian conflict.

In this context, Tudor Ulianovschi invoked the UN General Assembly resolution “On the complete and unconditional withdrawal of foreign military forces from the territory of the Republic of Moldova”, drawing in particular attention to the serious humanitarian and ecological hazards of the stocks of the Cobasna ammunition.

The head of the Moldovan diplomacy thanked the 57 participating states for their support in the adoption of the declaration on the “5 + 2” negotiation process in order

“to help identify a peaceful, comprehensive and durable for this conflict, based on respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Republic of Moldova within its internationally recognized borders, with a special status for Transnistria.”

In a wider context, Tudor Ulianovschi advocated stepping up efforts to regulate conflicts in the GUAM area, underlining the importance of respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of states within their internationally recognized borders.

“The recent Russian-Ukrainian naval incident in the Kerch Strait demonstrates once more how fragile peace and security are in this geographical area in which my country is located,” contended Tudor Ulianovschi.

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Transnistrian Minister of Foreign Affairs: There were many delusions that the conflict between Moldova and Transnistria is very easy to resolve

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The head of the Transnistrian diplomatic mission told about what is slowing down the negotiation process.

The First Transnistrian TV channel took an interview from the Transnistrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Vitaly Ignatiev, who claims that the Transnistrian side is trying to focus on concrete matters, on a specific agenda within the conflict negotiation process.

Ignatiev drew attention to the fact that the position of President Vadim Krasnoselsky, who previously declared that it makes no sense to meet with Moldovan counterparts without a specific agenda, is connected with this.

According to him, over the years of the negotiation formats on the Moldovan-Transnistrian settlement, various visions, plans or approaches that took place, there were many delusions that the conflict was very easy to resolve.

However, the Transnistrian diplomat refuses to recognize Transnistria as part of Moldova.

“We have absolutely legitimate international legal, historical grounds for recognizing the independence of Transnistria. We have a generation of Transnistrians who have not lived a single day in the Soviet Moldova. Any settlement should be based on the will of the people. We rely on the will of the population, which has already determined its fate within referendums,” the minister added.

He stated that Transnistria lives in accordance with its Constitution, and Moldova, in turn, lives within its legislative space.

“There is not a single signal about the eagerness of the Moldovan authorities to deal with these issues seriously, although there are a lot of statements about the issue. Sometimes these statements create an unnecessary background and interfere with the dialogue,” the diplomat concluded.

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Transnistrian president Krasnoselsky: Discussing issues with the Moldovan president is impractical at the moment.

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Recently, the president of Moldova, Igor Dodon has made an announcement that, in December, there is a scheduled meeting with the President of Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselsky.

The event will take place in Bender, writes the Transnistrian news portal novostiprm.com.

However, the according to the separatist press, Krasnoselsky made it clear that there will be no meeting “just for the sake of meeting”, affirming that there are enough unresolved issues and problems on the negotiation agenda.

“A clear agenda is necessary, and I don’t see it the moment. Those 5 + 2 questions format do not correspond to his competences. Furthermore, in principle, discussing these issues with Igor Dodon is impractical. The president of Moldova should have his own agenda,” declared the president of Transnistria.

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