Sep 4, 2021
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Blockade of Transnistria: Kiev’s Stubbornness or Collusion with Moldova?

Ukraine continues the transport blockade of the Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublika and, apparently, is not going to respond to Chisinau’s requests to end this blockade immediately. The Bureau of Reintegration told reporters that diplomatic missions of the two countries were negotiating with Ukraine on this issue, but Kiev could not be persuaded, which is rather strange, because this blockade is not in Ukrainian interests, but in Moldovan ones, and the original idea came from Chisinau. “The Moldovan authorities will take all necessary measures to guarantee respect for the rights and legitimate interests of residents of both banks of the Dniester and avoid destabilizing the situation,” the press service of the Bureau of Reintegration said. On September 2, Chisinau again turned to Kiev with a request to open the border at least for buses and minibuses with Transnistrian numbers, since neutral numbers are not issued to these types of transport. According to Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration Vladislav Kulminsky, the mechanism for registering neutral numbers was not initially worked out to the end, and now Moldova will ask Ukraine for time to work it out. And the Pridnestrovian political scientist Andrei Safonov is sure that Ukraine itself does not need pressure on Tiraspol. Over the past thirty years, Ukraine and the PMR have got along well and cooperated in all areas. “The best way out would be to return to the status quo that existed before September 1, since both for Moldova and Ukraine Transnistria is a kind of barrier against the expansion of Romanism. And this expansion is precisely built on pushing Ukraine against the PMR, using Kiev to strangle Transnistria, after which the absorption of the entire former Soviet Moldova will follow.In this case, not only Moldovan and Transnistrian statehood will be liquidated, but, moreover, on the border with Ukraine, a really strengthened Romania may appear – a member of NATO and the European Union, and most importantly – a military-political an ally of the States, “the political scientist commented on the situation. PMR Foreign Minister Vitaly Ignatiev has already reminded Chisinau that Tiraspol has “a set of possible retaliatory measures, levers to somehow influence the situation” and called for the resumption of negotiations. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation circulated the comments of the official representative of Maria Zakharova regarding the situation on the border of Ukraine and the PMR, in which it is emphasized that the transport blockade will nullify the entire process of resolving the conflict on the Dniester. The situation is aggravated by the fact that Ukraine is the guarantor and mediator in the negotiation process on the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict in the “5 + 2” format. “It seems that the fight against its own population and Ukrainian citizens living in nearby territories is becoming a ‘trademark’ of the policy of the current leadership of Ukraine, often contrary to its own interests, carrying out the instructions of foreign curators. politicians began to strangle the residents of Transnistria, “the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry said. And the director of the Transnistrian Institute of Socio-Political Research and Regional Development Igor Shornikov admits a behind-the-scenes agreement between Maya Sandu and Vladimir Zelensky, since the level of trust today between Kiev and Chisinau is high as never before and, in his opinion, the Kiev authorities would hardly have failed to comply with Moldova’s sincere request. Own. corr. FSK

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