Moscow, Russian: Russia and Moldova agree to start dialogue over Transnistrian issue during a meeting of Russian Vladimir Putin with Moldovan President Igor Dodon here in the Kremlin.
President Igor Dodon arrived in Moscow at the invitation of the Delovaya Rossiya national public organisation to attend the business forum Russia–Moldova: New Growth Points.
According to an official statement issued by the Presidential Office of Russia, the two leaders discussed arrangements reached following top-level talks in January, trade and economic cooperation, and topical regional issues.
President Igor Dodon while addressing at Presidential office was of the view that Delovaya Rossiya forum which brought together about 100 business people from Moldova and Russia helped to improve business relations between the two countries. .
He added that both countries have (had) past the bad phase of their relations that lasted from 2009 to 2016.
“We are turning over a new page. This can be felt by ordinary citizens. It is felt by Moldovans – both by those who live in our country and those who are here. It is also felt by businesses. I am sure you have been informed that we have had five more companies gain access to the Russian market”, commented President Igor Dodon.
Transnistrian is a landlocked self-proclaimed state situated between the River Dniester and the border with Ukraine and recognised only by three other non-United Nations (UN) states.
The region is considered by the UN to be part of Moldova. Its government controls a narrow strip of territory to the east of the River Dniester, and also the city of Bender and its surrounding localities on the west bank, in the historical region of Bessarabia.
Transnistria is designated by the Republic of Moldova as the Transnistria autonomous territorial unit with special legal status. After the dissolution of the USSR, tensions between Moldova and the breakaway Transnistrian territory escalated into a military conflict that started in March 1992 and was concluded by a ceasefire in July of the same year. As part of that agreement, a three-party (Russia, Moldova, Transnistria) Joint Control Commission supervises the security arrangements in the demilitarised zone, comprising twenty localities on both sides of the river.
Transnistria is presidential republic with its own government, parliament, military, police, postal system, currency and license plates. Its authorities have adopted a constitution, flag, national anthem, and coat of arms. It is the only country still using the hammer and sickle on its flag.