Transnistria wants to be part of Russia

Statue of V. I. Lenin in Tiraspol, Transnistria
Statue of V. I. Lenin in Tiraspol, Transnistria

Separatist region of Transnistria has asked Russia to create conditions to allow it to become a part of the Russian state, Russian and Romanian media reported. A letter has been sent by the self proclaimed Parliament of Transnistria to the Russian Parliament, according to Russian newspaper Vedomosti. From Tiraspol,  the capital city of Transnistria, ITAR TASS reported that, according to a resolution, the Russian Duma is asked to pass a bill that “might offer a possibility of accession to Russia of the self-proclaimed Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic” (Transnistria).

The resolution was adopted at a round-table meeting attended by deputies of the Dniester parliament and representatives of youth organizations, head of the local parliament’s press service Irina Kubanskikh told Itar-Tass on Tuesday.

Transnistria was a part of the Soviet Republic of Moldova, but it separated itself from the Chisinau Government in the 90s. This decision was followed by a civil war, with victims. Transnistria is not oficially recognized as a state, not even by Russia, but according to a Deutsche Welle report in December 2013, steps had been made in this direction.

Transnistria is a Russian enclave located between Republic of Moldova (vastly Romanian speaking territory, former Romanian province) and Ukraine. Russia has kept troops in Transnistria, maintaining what is called by political analyst a “frozen conflict”.

Crisis Ukraine-Crimea can be follow by a new crisis regarding Republic of Moldova- Transnistria, analysts said. EU integration of R. Moldova is strongly backed by neighbouring Romania, with important steps being made last year and in the first months of 2014-R. Moldova has signed EU agreements and its citizens will be allowed to travel without visas in EU.

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2 thoughts on “Transnistria wants to be part of Russia

  1. It begins to look as if Putin, unlike US presidents with their libraries, wants to leave a hegemonic legacy and he certainly profits from the surrounding states being weak and the EU and US indecisive.

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