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TIRASPOL, April 16 (Itar-Tass) —— Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin plans to discuss the question of consular service to Russian citizens in Transdniestria during his upcoming talks with Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat.
He said Russia would press for Transdniestria’s representation in the Russian-Moldova inter-governmental commission on economic cooperation.
“We discussed in particular the question that Transdniestrian officials should be included in the inter-governmental commission,” Rogozin said after a meeting with the self-proclaimed republic’s leader Dmitry Shevchuk on Monday, April 16, adding that this is necessary for solving the problem of the gas debt and solving transportation issues.
“We cannot address these problems without recognising Transdniestria as a party to the dialogue,” he said.
Rogozin said he had raised this issue at the talks in Chisinau earlier in the day.
“I met no opposition to this proposal and I can say that things are beginning to get off the ground in this respect,” he said.
Russia is studying the possibility of opening an office of the Russian president’s special representative in Transdniestria. “We are planning to organise the work of the special representative and we will also decide on the creation of a special commission,” Rogozin said, adding that this would be done in order to allow Russian and Transdniestrian businesses to solve their issues without intermediaries.
Rogozin stressed that while building contacts with Transdniestria, Moscow “has no secrets from official Chisinau”.
“I will meet with Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat before flying home and I will inform him about the agreements reached,” he said.