06MOSCOW2594, TRANSNISTRIA: RUSSIANS CONTINUE TO HOLD MOLDOVA

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06MOSCOW2594 2006-03-15 15:55 2011-08-30 01:44 CONFIDENTIAL Embassy Moscow

VZCZCXRO9729
OO RUEHDBU
DE RUEHMO #2594 0741555
ZNY CCCCC ZZH
O 151555Z MAR 06
FM AMEMBASSY MOSCOW
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2361
INFO RUCNCIS/CIS COLLECTIVE
RUEHXD/MOSCOW POLITICAL COLLECTIVE

C O N F I D E N T I A L MOSCOW 002594 
 
SIPDIS 
 
SIPDIS 
 
E.O. 12958: DECL: 03/15/2016 
TAGS: ETRD MARR PBTS PREL ML RS
SUBJECT: TRANSNISTRIA:  RUSSIANS CONTINUE TO HOLD MOLDOVA 
RESPONSIBLE FOR TRANSNISTRIAN BORDER SITUATION 
 
REF: STATE 39764 
 
Classified By: Political Minister Counselor Kirk Augustine for reason 1 
.4 (b, d). 
 
1.  (C)  In the absence of Russian Envoy Valeriy 
Nesterushkin, we delivered reftel demarche on the situation 
in Transnistria on March 15 to MFA Second CIS Department 
Deputy Director (Moldova Office Director) Nikolay Fomin. 
Fomin rejected Transnistrian responsibility for blockading 
itself, claiming that it was a "foreseeable result" of the 
Moldovan-Ukrainian action.  Fomin said that the GOR's main 
concern was the impending human catastrophe that would take 
place now that goods had stopped flowing into Transnistria 
from Ukraine. 
 
2. (C) Fomin regretted that Nesterushkin had remained silent 
on this during the 5 2 negotiations.  Claiming that the new 
customs arrangement was agreed "without consulting" Russia, 
he said Russia had "impolitely" not been included in the 
February 1 talks between Moldova and Ukraine on grounds that 
they concerned a customs arrangement between those two 
sovereign states. 
 
3. (C) Fomin stressed that the only way to solve the conflict 
in Transnistria was through the multilateral political 
process.  He claimed that a Moldovan law adopted in July 2005 
forbade the Moldovans from discussing with the Transnistrians 
economic and trade issues such as the current customs 
impasse.  Fomin rejected the idea that Russia could or should 
persuade Transnistria to take any steps with regard to 
customs, stressing that as an intermediary, Russia "had to 
avoid taking the part of one side against the other."   He 
said Russia will continue to work with both parties "without 
any bias." 
BURNS

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