Russian envoy to OSCE notes worrying lack of progress in Transdniestrian settlement – Russian Politics & Diplomacy
VIENNA, December 15. / TASS /. Russia’s Permanent Representative to the OSCE Alexander Lukachevich expressed concern over what he described as a lack of progress on a number of avenues in the settlement of the Transdniestrian conflict, adding that Russia remained a diligent mediator and guarantor of this process.
âThe lack of progress in a number of specific areas of the Transdniestrian settlement, including under the ‘Berlin-plus’ package, is a matter of concern. Russia will continue to act in good faith as a mediator and guarantor of the Transdniestrian colony, âLukachevich tweeted on Wednesday.
He underlined that “unfortunately, no meeting of the Standing Conference on political questions within the framework of the negotiation process for the settlement of Transnistria in the ‘5 + 2’ format has not taken place this year”.
During the â5 + 2â talks in Berlin in 2016 and Vienna in 2017, the parties agreed on many conflict issues. The process was subsequently stalled in the context of Moldova’s election campaigns since 2019. In 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, the parties did not conduct any round of talks. A number of agreements between the two banks of the Dniester have remained suspended. At the beginning of June, representatives of the mediators – Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE as well as American and European observers visited Chisinau and Tiraspol to stress the need to resume the negotiation process.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told a press conference on November 17 after talks with Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Nicolae Popescu that Moscow had taken note of the Chisinau’s interest in the rapid resumption of the “5 + 2” talks on the settlement of Transnistria. The head of the self-proclaimed Republic of Moldovan Transnistria, Vadim Krasnoselsky, told TASS in an interview on December 13 that Tiraspol was open to a dialogue with Chisinau and insisted on its resumption. Moldovan President Maia Sandu said earlier that she did not intend to meet with Transdniestrian leaders.