Moldovan President Igor Dodon and Vadim Krasnoselski, the head of the unrecognized Moldovan Transdniestrian Republic, held a meeting, which is the first time the leaders of Moldova and Transdniestria met in eight years. The parties identified a number of issues requiring urgent solutions, according to Transdniestria’s press service.
The main agenda was about freedom of movement for citizens, recognition of documents, railroads, and communication. "Contact has taken place. The meeting was intense and both parties worked hard towards agreement,” the press service stated, citing Krasnoselski.
The head of the TMR also announced that economic issues were raised at the meeting. Krasnoselski believes that it is necessary to create conditions where people will not be hostage to politics and all decisions made would be beneficial. "We should respect Transdniestrian and Moldovan people alike and find compromise no matter what,” he said.
Moreover, Krasnoselski stressed that political status issues were not discussed. "I always said that the guarantee of our security is our independence. We have already identified many fundamental issues that we will work on at this stage.”
President Dodon, in turn, noted that it was important that the population saw a particular result. According to him, there are difficult issues, different views, however it does not mean that the parties should not sit down at the negotiation table and solve citizens’ issues. "With regards to other more difficult issues, it will take some time, and based on the results we will achieve now, we will find a solution,” Dodon stated.