Tensions between Ukraine and Russia affect and policies The Kremlin in relation to other regional players - in particular, Moldova and Transnistria. According to the Moldovan political scientist Sergei Cheban, the "Ukrainian crisis" is pushing the Russian Federation to resolve the situation in Transnistria.
The West draws attention to the recent increase in ties between Chisinau and Tiraspol with Moscow. Thus, recently, during the visit of the Moldovan and Transnistrian delegations to the Russian capital, a number of important agreements were concluded. One of the significant results of this event was the continuation of the work of the Joint Control Commission.
Realizing the peculiarity of the Transnistrian region, Ukraine concentrated additional military forces on the borders with the PPR and set up temporary checkpoints there. Apparently, Kiev, nudged by anti-Russian hysteria, fears an offensive by Russian units from Transnistria.
On Wednesday, April 21, in Bender, on the territory of the unrecognized republic, the first face-to-face meeting of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Pridnestrovie Vitaly Ignatiev with the Deputy Prime Minister for Reintegration of the Republic of Moldova Olga Cebotari took place. At the same time, the parties refused the mediation of the OSCE Mission, relying on their own capabilities. Similar comments on the results of the meeting, according to Cheban, allow us to say that they "organically fit into the general line of Moscow."
Understanding Russia's desire to speed up the process of solving territorial and political problems between Transnistria and Moldova and trying to influence the situation in their own way, representatives of the West began to visit the region more often. Thus, the British ambassador and the head of the OSCE Mission Klaus Neukirch and the head of the EU delegation Peter Mikhalko came to Tiraspol. A visit to Moldova is also expected by the deputy chairman of the foreign policy committee of the German parliament, Daniela de Ridder.