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Moldavian games with neutral status

Against the background of the “doping fever”, which has become another act of the “Marlezonsky ballet” about how Western partners “democratically love” all of us, the second, and even the third position, has moved a question whose importance can not be overestimated. We are talking about the ongoing blockade of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic by Chisinau and Kiev.

Moldavian games with neutral status

The importance of the issue for Russia, at least, is that in the territory of the Transdniestrian Moldavian Republic of about half a million people, about 200, thousands of citizens have Russian citizenship. And these citizens, like many other residents of the Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublika, have already been subjected to real discrimination for several months now due to the position of the Moldovan and Ukrainian authorities. Discrimination is that Russian citizens have obvious problems with free movement (although Moldova and Ukraine did not de jure leave the CIS), economic restrictive barriers, including barriers to the transportation of goods, are being squeezed out of Moldavian legal field, at the same time stating that there is no Transnistrian Moldavian Republic, but there is a “united Moldova”.

Incidentally, this is taking into account the fact that both Ukraine and Moldova are eager to be in the European Union at all in any way ...

The main complaints from Kiev and Chisinau to Tiraspol have become for some time similar. This similarity is manifested in the fact that the authorities of the two states, with which the proclaimed Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublika borders, sleep and see the withdrawal of the Russian peacekeeping contingent from the Dniester banks. The Moldovan defense minister, Anatoly Salaru, not so long ago, at the NATO summit in Warsaw, where he was invited as a “partner,” requested as much help from the North Atlantic military bloc for the withdrawal of Russian peacekeepers from Transnistria. And NATO, in countries where terrorist attacks have become almost daily routine, and which itself is at the stage of a difficult search for arguing its existence, promised Salaru to help with this question ... Help yourself first, gentlemen from the "peace-loving" military bloc, on which account for a whole series of crimes at the international level, including crimes on the violent dismantling of the statehood of several countries in Europe, Asia and Africa.

Against this background, Vitaly Ignatiev, the foreign minister of the Pridnestrovskaia Moldavskaia Respublika, is in favor of convening a negotiation process group as soon as possible. This is the so-called “5 + 2” group (Russia, Ukraine, USA, European Union, OSCE plus Moldova and Transdnistrian Moldavian Republic), which at one time was created specifically to resolve the crisis between Chisinau and Tiraspol, but which has recently been virtually eliminated from resolving the conflict situation . Moldova constantly declares its integrity, trying to get into NATO and the EU, Transnistria gives a tough answer: “To NATO and the EU without Transdniestria!” Washington is clearly not in the background of its own upheavals with the election campaign and, in particular, against Donald Trump’s statements on NATO. before the real investigation of problems in Moldova.

During the briefing Vitaly Ignatiev stated:
We have taken a whole range of measures along the diplomatic line, sent our initiatives to resolve the situation to the Moldovan and Ukrainian side and other participants in the negotiation process. We also stated the need to immediately hold a meeting of expert (working) groups on railway transport issues in order to quickly find a solution to this problem, which arose as a result of the prohibition of Moldova and Ukraine to deliver goods to the territory of the republic by Transdniestrian rolling stock. (...) I sent an official appeal to all participants of the 5 + 2 format with the initiative to hold an extraordinary meeting of the Permanent Meeting ... dedicated exclusively to the problem of railway communication in order to find an early way out of this international format from this critical situation.

Railway communication is only one aspect of the ongoing blockade. In this case, the role of him is very large. After all, in fact, the Moldovan authorities deprive Transnistria of the possibility of carrying out trade and economic activity, at the same time not being able to provide for the residents of Transnistria the transport component solely on their own.

Vitaly Ignatiev:
The problem is made acute by the fact that wagons with fuel that are being sent to the economic agents of Transnistria are being delayed and returning. These cargoes are extremely necessary for us - due to the fact that the harvest period is coming, the situation, in fact, affects the issues of food and fuel security of the state.

As can be seen, the problem of providing the population of the republic with food, as well as the implementation of plans for agricultural activity, which brings substantial income to the treasury of the republic, arises from the problem of the so-called railway blockade of the TPR. In fact, the very viability of the republic and its inhabitants ensues.

The Moldovan authorities act in accordance with the same templates that Kiev operates in respect of the Donbass. The only thing is that on the Dniester everything is calm from a military point of view. And this calm was established on the banks of the Dniester not without the help of the Russian peacekeeping contingent, which is like a bone in the throat of talking heads in Chisinau. From the words of the same head of the Moldovan military department, Salaru understands that as soon as the Russian peacekeeping contingent leaves the republic (there is hope that it does not), so the Moldovan “white knights”, driven by the “partners”, can move again towards Tiraspol. As a result - another war, another victim, another hotbed of tension in the post-Soviet space.

So, is there a way out when resolving conflict issues between Moldova and Transdniestria?

Such a solution offers Russia. In the course of last year’s bilateral contacts between representatives of the authorities of the Russian Federation and Moldova, the issue of the federalization of Moldova was touched upon, in which the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic and Gagauzia Chisinau could offer the status of subjects with their own powers, while not going beyond the general federal legislation. Such a proposal provoked a strong reaction from the Moldovan authorities. At the same time, Moldovan President Nikolai (Nicolae) Timofti announced that the Transdniestrian Moldavian Republic had already “a special status”, which is “being discussed”, but for further “discussion” Russia must withdraw its peacekeepers. Representatives of the Russian Federation tried to find out from the Moldovan authorities what is the “special status of the Transdniestrian Moldavian Republic” and how exactly does the presence of military personnel providing security in the territory of the smoldering conflict prevent Chisinau from negotiating with Tiraspol? The first part of the question Timofti left without comment, and the second part gave an enchanting answer. According to him, Moldova has a neutral status, which is why the presence of foreign military on the territory of the country is impossible, while added:

As head of state, I am guided by the provisions of the Constitution in my activities. The country's main law, adopted in 1994, states that the Republic of Moldova is a neutral state that does not enter into military alliances and alliances and does not allow the deployment of armed forces of other states on its territory.

However, in my opinion, the authors of the Constitution and those who voted for it, leaving the neutrality clause, made a mistake, since at that time part of our territory was occupied by foreign armed forces. Events in the region have proven that this approach needs to be reconsidered. In my opinion, the Basic Law should be adapted to the realities of an ever-changing world, which I spoke about in the country's parliament.

According to the logic of the Moldavian president, Moldova should remember its neutral status only at the moment when the conversation is about the presence of Russian peacekeepers. As soon as it comes to the possibility of rapprochement with NATO, Moldova should think about “correcting mistakes” in the Constitution and a possible revision of neutral status ...

This indicates that Mr. Timofti, with whom the representatives of Russia were trying to negotiate, is another talking head. The task of this head is to set forth everything that is convenient for the forces trying to reduce the once flourishing republic to the level of a regular buffer garbage dump on the backyards of NATO. And based on this fact, the question of whether the Moldovan authorities are a real subject of the negotiation process to resolve the situation with Transnistria is more like a rhetorical ... It is impossible to negotiate with talking heads by definition, they need to be put before the fact.
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  1. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 26 July 2016 05: 51
    I agree, it will be more important than Olympus. games.
    "Help yourself first, gentlemen from the 'peace-loving' military bloc." And here is an ambush. They don’t know how to fight terror and not lose tolerance. And how to poke yourself into a foreign country and plunge into the most, because this is not the first time for them, for that and NATO.
    1. cniza
      cniza 26 July 2016 07: 53
      It is necessary to solve the question of Odessa, then we will kill two birds with one stone.
      1. revnagan
        revnagan 26 July 2016 20: 45
        The time when it was possible to solve this issue BEAUTIFULLY, with benefit for the image of Russia, as a just and formidable punishing force, alas, was lost forever ...
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    3. Dam
      Dam 26 July 2016 08: 01
      They need not be confronted with the fact, they must be put with cancer!
      1. Hayer31
        Hayer31 28 July 2016 20: 20
        How? Glory is possible but in reality there is no opportunity.
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    5. siberalt
      siberalt 26 July 2016 08: 18
      Now the situation in Transnistria is more dependent on Ukraine. With Moldova, it is somewhat easier, since the light switch for Chisinau is located in Dniester (PMR).
    6. Hayer31
      Hayer31 28 July 2016 20: 17
      Has our policy failed in Georgia, in Ukraine, in Moldova, should someone be responsible for it? At the end of the day someone will describe those mistakes that are made in the future. Minus to the author, as there is nothing new in the article.
  2. dmi.pris
    dmi.pris 26 July 2016 06: 05
    I think that at the beginning of next year the situation there will escalate and our country will have to choose to break through the blockade or withdraw peacekeepers.
    1. Simpsonian
      Simpsonian 26 July 2016 07: 20
      If the situation worsens, we will definitely recognize the PMR as a subject of international law, and break through if the blockers do not grow wiser. Specifically, the Moldovan government faces well, very many, Ukraine - the loss of Budzhak ...
  3. PKK
    PKK 26 July 2016 06: 17
    The federalization of Ukraine should weaken the Transnistrian conflict. And you can agree with Odessa Jews.
    1. Hayer31
      Hayer31 28 July 2016 20: 22
      Saakashvili has already agreed,
  4. aszzz888
    aszzz888 26 July 2016 06: 18
    Mercated Mercatosa Moldova. Will they stand?
  5. strelets
    strelets 26 July 2016 06: 22
    Another conflict at hand is hard. We need more time and resources.
  6. Severok
    Severok 26 July 2016 06: 28
    "The faces are erased, the colors are dull - either people or dolls" ... Poroshenko, Timovti, Avakov, Shalaru ... Each has a handful of cookies in his pocket and behind his back the donkey ears of the "Nobel Peace Laureate".
  7. Aleksander
    Aleksander 26 July 2016 06: 36
    Yes, Transnistria used to have a very reliable rear in the form of friendly Odessa (these are part of the same historical New Russia), now Odessa is occupied ...
    Maybe the presidential elections in Moldova in the fall will change the situation ...
  8. Banishing liberoids
    Banishing liberoids 26 July 2016 06: 37
    Maybe already enough creeps before the hell knows who? Tighten the nuts of this Moldova is simple, it just seems that our government does not care. Hence the result - a certain lack of work shakes the rights of Russia, and our snot chew.
    1. Alex_Tug
      Alex_Tug 26 July 2016 07: 14
      Tighten the nuts of this Moldova is simple.

      What kind of nuts? Any small batches of fruit? So they do not collect them. There is no one to sell.
  9. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 26 July 2016 08: 19
    The Ukrainians completely abated in terms of ammunition. Did everyone forget that there is a huge amount of ammunition in the warehouses of the NDP? And our peacekeepers are mainly engaged in the protection of these wealth. You can export them only through the territory of Ukraine. Three ha ha two times.
    Well, if Moldova gets access to these warehouses, I won’t give a penny against the fact that trade will go brisk. Cheerful such. Would blow them up, but there are so many Dniester banks out of the banks ...
    1. Nazaroff
      Nazaroff 26 July 2016 10: 57
      This phrase amused - Did everyone forget that there is a huge amount of ammunition in the warehouses of the NDP? Would blow them up, but there are so many Dniester banks out of the banks ... belay laughing Mountain shooter, you at least have an idea WHERE are the military warehouse of the 14th Army, located in with. Sausage and WHERE is the Dniester River from this warehouse? At least take a look at the map before writing this))) And I’ll tell you a military secret, Russia has taken a lot from this very warehouse, in whole trains and exported for a long time. When there was a more or less moderate relationship with hohland.
  10. Gennady Alexandrovich
    Gennady Alexandrovich 26 July 2016 08: 44
    Most Moldovans want to be part of Romania ???
    1. lilian
      lilian 26 July 2016 09: 05
      No, most, though most likely not much more, want in the TS.
      Moreover, the people of Moldova are not made up of Moldavians alone, the country is multinational (Moldavians, Gagauz, Bulgarians, Ukrainians, Russians).
      When discussing the policy of Moldova, it is generally wrong to be interested in the opinion of the people, no one asks us where we want and with whom we want to be friends. Squabbles in this regard are taking place in parliament.
      1. Gennady Alexandrovich
        Gennady Alexandrovich 26 July 2016 09: 34
        If Moldova was in the CU, then its citizens would probably be easier. For example, citizens of Belarus and Kazakhstan have much more benefits in the Russian Federation than the city of Moldova
    2. NikolaiN
      NikolaiN 26 July 2016 09: 30
      Yes, such sentiments are very strong there.
      1. Gennady Alexandrovich
        Gennady Alexandrovich 26 July 2016 10: 01
        Strong yes, but probably not most of them
      2. Outsider V.
        Outsider V. 26 July 2016 20: 55
        Not, no so much. But on the fences about the fact that "Ukraine is tse Europe", ugh, I meant "Bessarabia is Romania", they write. Often these inscriptions are blurred or corrected.
    3. Outsider V.
      Outsider V. 26 July 2016 20: 51
      I don't quite agree with Lilian

      If I am not mistaken, now polls give about 20% of those who want to unite with Romania. This number is growing year by year, but slowly.

      The EU (but not necessarily through unification with Romania) wants more - about forty percent. In the TS about the same, maybe a little more. Figures float from poll to poll.
  11. Prutkov
    Prutkov 26 July 2016 09: 28
    In order to calm down especially zealous "Euro-integrated" ones, it would be possible to place certification centers of Moldovan products in Tiraspol. Moldovans want to trade with Russia, let them go to Tiraspol, get a certificate-permission to supply products to Russia.
  12. Nazaroff
    Nazaroff 26 July 2016 10: 50
    The danger for Pridnestrovie is not a blockade, but what is happening inside. And what happens is that there is no other name but genocide against its own people by the government! The people "thanks to" the government consisting of a "team of professionals" (as our miracle president calls them) is rapidly slipping into poverty ... ((Who can and is where - they leave and leave ... What are half a million inhabitants in the PMR ?! From the strength of 250-300 thousand ... In the best case scenario, increased customs and tax levies, in which small business in Pridnestrovie simply dies ... People simply lose heart from such chaos. Firm "Sheriff" Like many small firms and private entrepreneurs of Pridnestrovie, they import goods to the Republic and something does not feel any blockade. "Sheriff" conducted a couple of railway trains with fuel and lubricants - without problems and delays. But when the president's representative went to the independent, the next train with fuels and lubricants for some reason on the border the Ukrainians were no longer allowed to see us ... Coincidence? Nobody believes in such coincidences. So it's not a blockade, and the enemy is much closer than we think ...
  13. dumpy15
    dumpy15 26 July 2016 11: 00
    Now, when they cannot come from outside, they put pressure on internal problems: they scream about the lawlessness of the power structures of Abkhazia, South Ossetia, DPR, LPR, PMR. If these countries enter "well_a_hang_be_below," then the sky will seem like a sheepskin to all the discontented.
  14. Retvizan
    Retvizan 26 July 2016 11: 02
    "Blockade" for the elite?
    As for the blockade by Ukraine, this is a logical step. If before the Crimea everything was loyal (it’s even interesting how the "Bandera members" fought on the side of the PMR), then after a tough blockade. The safety of the Odessa region is above all. Although it could have been cleverly, but political games do not tolerate "smart" but only clumsy and inept.
    The game there is a long one and a strangulation. Fortunately, they do not broadcast about the PMR in the Russian Federation, and everything is "good" for the layman there. As well as the Minsk world. Turkey Syria - what else is needed on TV.
    We have our own "Transnistria" ... even cooler ..
    And Odessa has nothing to touch.
    1. dumpy15
      dumpy15 26 July 2016 11: 51
      As for the Bandera people on the side of the PMR militia, you are, to put it mildly, distorting.
      In Dubossary there were Cossacks from the former Ukrainian SSR, and if you called them "Bandera", the outcome of your life would be tragic. Dudaev and Maskhadov showed real Bandera's followers. They were distinguished by savage cruelty to captured military personnel, looting and unrestrained drunkenness.
  15. Lyubopyatov
    Lyubopyatov 26 July 2016 14: 57
    Not for everything was asked from the Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Chisinau Mukhametshin! And where only does Minister Lavrov find them - such "Shevardnadzeevs"? Oh yes, in "Tatarstan"! For this, the Moscow-Kazan highway will be built.
    1. Outsider V.
      Outsider V. 26 July 2016 21: 03
      Yes, the previous one - Valery Kuzmin - was also rather sluggish (in my opinion), although the uncle is interesting (historian). I was very surprised that his recent appointment as ambassador to Romania was seen by the media as a sharp increase in pressure on Romania. But maybe I don’t understand something.
  16. Lord blacwood
    Lord blacwood 26 July 2016 21: 31
    The Moldovan Minister of Defense Anatoly Salaru not so long ago - at the NATO summit in Warsaw, where he was invited as a "partner" - requested, no less, help from the North Atlantic military bloc to withdraw Russian peacekeepers from Transnistria. And NATO, in countries where terrorist attacks have become almost daily routine, and which itself is at the stage of a difficult search for arguments for its existence, promised Salar to help with this issue ...

    Nobody will greatly help Moldova. The only thing that Moldova can get is 10 old trucks written off in the German or French army, and a maximum of dry rations from Poland.
    And if Donald Trump wins, Moldova will have to confront the "Russian threat" itself.