War on terror to dominate Geneva talks — Syrian UN envoyWorld February 25, 23:48
Russian skier wins gold in skiathlon at 2017 FIS Nordic World Ski ChampionshipsSport February 25, 17:46
Top US Air Force general points to growing conflict potential in Syrian airspaceWorld February 25, 17:17
Iran relies on Russia’s support in production of fuel for nuclear power plantsBusiness & Economy February 25, 16:20
Ukrainian military capture Donetsk water purification plant — spokesmanWorld February 25, 15:05
Azerbaijan and Armenia report armed clashes in Karabakh conflict areaWorld February 25, 11:45
Head of Russian delegation to OSCE PA says Ukraine not ready for dialogueRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 25, 5:02
Russian baritone Hvorostovsky cancels concerts due to continuing treatmentSociety & Culture February 25, 3:22
Russian prime minister declares 3rd Winter World Military Games openMilitary & Defense February 24, 22:33
TIRASPOL, July 27 /TASS/. German Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier has promised to take under personal control a transport conflict between Ukraine and Moldova’s unrecognized Republic of Transdniestria for fear it may grow into a war of sanctions, Transdniestria’s Acting Foreign Minister Vitaly Ignatyev said on Wednesday.
Steinmeier, who is the OSCE chairperson-in-office, visited Transdniestria on Tuesday.
"We discussed a railroad blockade, which Moldova and Ukraine had imposed on Transdniestria. Mr. Stenmeier will take the issue under personal control," Ignatyev said.
In July, Ukraine blocked the passage of excise products to Transdniestria by railway. Now, goods can travel exclusively via the Moldovan territory where they are subject to registration. The restrictions have complicated the delivery of some types of socially significant goods, including fuel. Transdniestria has threatened to take retaliatory measures both against Kiev and Chisinau. The Transdniestrian authorities believe the restrictions were imposed at the request of Moldova, which wants to control Transdniestria’s import and export operations.
Earlier, Transdniestria’s President Yevgeny Shevchuk accused the Kiev government of strengthening the economic blockade of Transdniestria. He stressed that those actions contradicted Ukraine’s observer status at the "5+2" negotiations for the settlement of the Transdniestria conflict (Moldova, Transdniestria, the OSCE, Russia, Ukraine and observers from the European Union and the United States).
The negotiations came to a halt about two years ago after Transdniestria had accused Moldova of pressure and left the talks. With Russia’s and Germany’s assistance, the sides got back to the negotiating table in June this year. Moldova and Transdniestria agreed to give up unilateral actions and resolve all the problems by means of negotiations at a meeting in Berlin. They agreed to establish cooperation in the field of transport, communications and ecology and liquidate reciprocal barriers.