TIRASPOL, October 28 (Itar-Tass) - The Transnistrian Foreign Ministry asks Russia and Ukraine to help stabilize deteriorated situation in the security zone of the Transnistrian conflict. “Russian and Ukrainian ambassadors in Moldova were informed about Moldova’s unilateral actions in this zone,” the press service of the Foreign Ministry of the self-proclaimed republic reported on Monday.
Tiraspol noted that on October 18, 2013, members of the Joint Control Commission from Transnistria reported that the Moldovan law enforcement agencies had placed a migration control station on the Criuleni-Dubasari highway and the launch of the construction of a concrete facility on the right side of the dam of the Dubasari hydropower plant. “On October 22, the Moldovan police on duty on the right side of the dam of the hydropower plant, without permission from the Joint Control Commission have moved its post by 200-250 metres along the dam towards the city of Dubasari,” the Foreign Ministry stated.
“The deployment of migration control stations on the border with Transnistria (five of which are situated directly in the security zone) by the Moldovan authorities was made without permission of the Joint Control Commission,” which conducts a peacekeeping operation in the region. Meanwhile, the registration office of the Moldovan Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications “continues illegitimate activity” in the city of Bendery. These Moldovan steps “do not contribute to the preservation of stability and a stronger atmosphere of trust” between two banks of Dniester River, Tiraspol believes. Transnistria retains the right to take before December 1 “adequate measures of response seeking to restore normal interaction in the security zone under the effective documents,” the statement noted.
Tensions have mounted between Chisinau and Tiraspol after Moldova’s decision to place migration posts on the administrative border with Transnistria upon the recommendation from the European Union.
For his part, Transnistria leader Yevgeny Shevchuk accused the Moldovan authorities of the laying of a full-fledged border on Dniester River and enacted the law on state border and the measures to protect it. This step stirred up a negative response in Chisinau and resulted in the negotiations over the resolution of the conflict to be stuck.