MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS/. Kiev’s decision to join the European Union in its visa restrictions imposed on some leaders of the self-proclaimed republic of Transdniestria can be described in no way other than an “act of intimidation,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday.
“Such measures by the EU hardly fit in with the logic of the resumed Transdniestrian settlement negotiations,” the Foreign Ministry’s commentary says. “It is unexplainable why a country that is a safeguard of the Transdniestrian settlement process — Ukraine — has opted to share the European Union’s general policy of systematically creating conditions to put diversified pressures on Transdniestria, pressures that gained strength after Moldova signed the EU association agreement. In our opinion, this decision can be described in no way other than an 'act of intimidation'.”
“We are hoping that Ukraine as a guarantor and mediator in the Transdniestrian settlement will take practical steps to confirm its ability to comply with the existing obligations in the negotiating process,” the Foreign Ministry said.