President of Transnistria Vadim Krasnoselsky believes that Moldova’s recent anti-Russian gestures are damaging not only Moldovan-Russian relations but the general situation in the region.
“We should try to understand what is going on in Moldova and who is playing for who there. Mr. Dodon is discrediting Transnistria in the eyes of Russia by accusing it of corruption, oligarchy and other deadly sins. And it seems that they are implementing one task to break not only Moldova’s but also Transnistria’s ties with Russia,” Krasnoselsky said.
He noted that some Moldovan politicians are trying to own the achievements in the Moldovan-Transnistrian dialogue: the leader of the Democratic Party of Moldova Vladimir Plahotniuc claims that the progress in the dialogue would not have been possible without his agreement with the head of a Transnistrian financial holding Viktor Gusan.
“It was Transnistria’s initiative to continue the peace process,” Krasnoselsky said. “We have sent Dodon five requests. My question was if the Moldovan President was ready for talks, but he has ignored all of them,” Krasnoselsky said.
He believes that Dodon has shifted the responsibility for the talks on his government.
“We are ready for a dialogue with Dodon and other Moldovan politicians who have real proposals on how to settle the conflict. And it is not we but Mr. Dodon who has evaded responsibility for further dialogue,” Krasnoselsky said.
According to him, the results achieved so far (the use of Romanian alphabet by Moldova schools in Transnistria, the access given to Moldovan farmers to fields in Dubasari, the recognition of Transnistrian diplomats by Moldova, the opening of a bridge between Bychok and Gura Bicului) have nothing to do with President Dodon. “They have been achieved by real specialists and the President of Transnistria,” Krasnoselsky said.
He noted that all further decisions will be passed with due regard for the interests of the Transnistrians.
Earlier, EADaily quoted Dodon as saying that the Transnistrian authorities conduct a short-sighted policy. “It seems to me that some people on the left bank would be glad to see a pro-Romanian, pro-NATO government in Moldova as that would make it easier for them to ask money from Russia, to avoid further agreements and to put an end to the concept of a joint Moldovan state. When I tell Mr. Krasnoselsky, ‘Let’s sit down at the negotiating table,’ they say, ‘No, we don’t want to negotiate with you, we are negotiating with Plahotniuc and the Democrats,’” Dodon said.