Putin: Russia may act as guarantor of the settlement of the Transnistrian question

MOSCOW, 17 Dec — RIA Novosti. Russia may act as guarantor in solving the Transnistrian issue, if the parties will find the compromise, said the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.

According to the Russian leader, the recent visit of the President of Moldova Igor Dodon in Transnistria is a demonstration of the desire to restore the relationship and the territorial integrity of the country and a sign of respect for the inhabitants of Transnistria.

“I think that this will create very good conditions to start such a constructive and serious negotiations on the Transnistrian settlement process”, — Putin said at a press conference on the results of the Russian-Moldovan talks.

He recalled that the settlement of the Transnistrian issue was close in 2003, but then the plan failed to implement.

“I very much hope that we will be able to come back to this issue. Back, not in words but in deeds. And taking into account the interests of all the people who live in the area, to find a compromise. If such a compromise, and it can be found also between the Moldova and Transnistria is found, we will continue to act as a guarantor of all agreements,” said Putin.

The head of Moldova noted that with the active participation of partners from Russia will be able to achieve a solution to the problems in Transnistrian settlement.

“Transnistria is part of Moldova. For the first time in the last nine years, I came to visit on the left Bank of Transnistria, and in the beginning of this year, at the beginning of 2017, for the first time in nine years, a meeting was held at the level of heads of the right and left Bank. After that followed a specific result: started OCC — allied control Commission. I very much hope that with the active participation and our strategic partners from Russia, we will move forward in addressing the problems faced by residents on both banks of the Dniester. We learn the lessons and mistakes of the early 2000-ies in regard to the settlement of the Transnistrian problem. I’m sure these mistakes we will not be repeated and we will move forward,” said Igor Dodon.

Transnistria, 60% of inhabitants are Russians and Ukrainians sought to secede from Moldova even before the collapse of the USSR, fearing that on the wave of nationalism Moldova will join Romania. In 1992, after a failed attempt of the authorities of Moldova force to solve the problem, Transnistria has become virtually beyond the control of Chisinau’s territory.