MOSCOW, April 22. /TASS/. Russia has allocated more than 5 billion rubles ($80 million) in humanitarian aid to Transnistria, Ambassador-at-Large, Russian envoy to the negotiation process on the Transnistrian settlement Sergey Gubarev said in an interview with TASS.
"We have been providing and continue providing humanitarian, financial and economical and other kinds of aid to the citizens of the he left bank of the Dniester River, more so that around 200,000 Russian nationals live there," the diplomat pointed out. "The meaning of the Russian aid to Transnistria cannot be overemphasized, as not only does it support the social stability of the region, it also allows it to grow and develop. For instance, Russia has allocated, in total, more than 5 billion rubles as part of the humanitarian aid program for Transnistria." According to him, Transnistrian hospitals received eight mobile ICUs through this program.
"Moreover, we’ve developed twelve projects in healthcare, nursery schooling and higher education," Gubarev continued. "The majority of the projects are related to constructing healthcare facilities such as a pediatric day care facility (mother and child center), radiation therapy complex, TB clinic, pre-school centers located in various towns of Transnistria. There are also two projects for schools and one project is aimed to provide multifaceted aid to the medical faculty of the Taras Shevchenko Transnistria State University in Tiraspol."
He reported that Russia had allotted 900 million rubles ($15 million) to purchase trolleybuses, build a cement factory "meant to ensure the smooth operation of the construction sphere" and create a perinatal center. "We are working out the issue of investing in the agriculture as part of the program for the development of the Transnistrian villages and, in particular, restoration of the land development system," the diplomat added. "Russia regularly transfers funds to pay higher pensions in the region." Gubarev also said that Tiraspol was given four trolleybuses "a special design of which was created to emphasize the friendship between Russia and Transnistria."