Pridnestrovie-Russia cooperation plan discussed in Federation Council

04/03/18 15:05

Pridnestrovie-Russia cooperation plan discussed in Federation Council

Tiraspol expects that its implementation will make it possible to create conditions for improving the lives of all Pridnestrovians

Tiraspol, 3 April. /Novosti Pridnestrovya/. President Vadim Krasnoselsky met the chairman of the committee on international affairs of Russia's Federation Council, Konstantin Kosachev, the presidential press service reports.

At the start of the meeting, Vadim Krasnoselsky on behalf of the Pridnestrovian people addressed Russians with words of condolences in connection with tragic events that took place in Kemerovo. 

The interlocutors noted the systemic nature of the Pridnestrovie-Russia contacts at various venues, including the Federation Council, as a positive aspect and stressed that regular meetings enable the prompt exchange of relevant and objective information about the processes taking place in and around the country.

"I am pleased with the systematic nature of our meetings; only through this approach can we get the complete picture of what is happening in Pridnestrovie," said Vadim Krasnoselsky.

Konstantin Kosachev said that he and his colleagues were closely monitoring the situation in and around Pridnestrovie, including the course of negotiations.

"We know that the Pridnestrovian colleagues are working closely with the government of the Russian Federation, with the special representative on Pridnestrovie. For our part, we are trying to assist in promoting issues that are in the focus of the Russian authorities, and which, for objective reasons, your republic is still faced with," he said.

Meeting participants spoke about the election of the Russian president in the context of active participation in the voting of Pridnestrovians and discussed the results of important international meetings for the country.

The Russian colleagues were interested in the current situation in the negotiations and the implementation of the agreements reached. They also noted the desire of all participants in the negotiation process on the Moldo-Pridnestrovian settlement to achieve concrete results to improve the lives of citizens.

Konstantin Kosachev positively assessed the practical results of the dialogue, in particular, in the socio-economic and humanitarian spheres. He expressed his readiness to raise issues related to Pridnestrovie at various venues.

They also talked about the strategic role of peacekeeping, the invariability of the concurring positions of Russia and Pridnestrovie on this issue and that the representative of the OSCE chairman-in-office expressed the need for preserving the existing format to maintain peace on the banks of the Dniester by Russian peacekeepers. Konstantin Kosachev called the public statement of Franco Frattini "a voice of common sense."

Vadim Krasnoselsky, in turn, called the autumn of 2017 a breakthrough from the point of view of intensifying the negotiation process and noted the need to implement the agreements reached.

"We have signed framework agreements. Today they need to be implemented so that they become the norm of people's lives. These elementary issues that have been accumulated over the past 25 years. The simplest option is to unleash confrontation; which is more difficult is to sit down at the negotiating table and seek mutual understanding. But we are a peaceful state, set to build confidential relations with other countries," said Vadim Krasnoselsky.

The Pridnestrovian president noted the importance of Russia's role in conducting the dialogue with Moldova. The interlocutors discussed the value of meetings with Russian diplomats and officials. Vadim Krasnoselsky noted that during his recent meeting with Grigory Karasin and Dmitry Rogozin plans for further Pridnestrovie-Russia interaction had been worked out.

"The proposed cooperation plan for the current year includes a comprehensive set of areas for cooperation. Pridnestrovie expects that the implementation of this plan will create conditions for improving the lives of all Pridnestrovians, including compatriots and citizens of Russia who live in our republic," said Vadim Krasnoselsky.

Serious attention was paid to the discussion of concrete practical measures that could ensure intensified interaction between Pridnestrovie and Russia. In this context, Vadim Krasnoselsky outlined interaction areas the development of which can have a positive impact on relations between the parties and serve as an impetus for the development of trade and economic cooperation.

The president expressed gratitude for the support provided to the country, mentioning the allocation of the next tranche of Russian financial assistance which is intended for additional payments to Pridnestrovian pensioners.

It was stressed that Pridnestrovie was developing its economy in difficult conditions. The participants talked about the need for Pridnestrovian business, especially small and medium-sized, in lending, which would create new jobs, increase production volumes and budget revenues.

Among the topics that Vadim Krasnoselsky and Konstantin Kosachev discussed today was the need to create optimal conditions for the functioning of the ambulatory office of the Russian consulate, as well as issues related to the legislative grounds for Pridnestrovian citizens who were born after December 1991 to obtain Russian citizenship.

Concluding the meeting, the parties agreed to continue the dialogue in an active, rhythmic format. 


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