Thursday, September 01, 2016


Moldovan PM: Crimea Crisis Reminiscent Of Transdniester

Moldovan Prime Minsiter Iurie Leanca (file photo)Moldovan Prime Minsiter Iurie Leanca (file photo)
Moldovan Prime Minsiter Iurie Leanca (file photo)
Moldovan Prime Minsiter Iurie Leanca (file photo)
By RFE/RL's Moldovan Service
CHISINAU -- Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca says tensions between pro-Russian Crimeans and pro-European Ukrainians are reminiscent to Moldovans of their own separatist conflict involving Transdniester.

Speaking to RFE/RL in an exclusive interview, Leanca said Moldova hoped Ukraine will be able to preserve its territorial integrity.

"What is happening in Ukraine shows that if a country does not react immediately to the danger [of separatism] -- if you don't tackle at home -- it spreads to the whole region," Leanca said.

Moscow-backed Transdniester unilaterally declared independence from Moldova in 1990. The two sides fought a short war in 1992.

Transdniester's independence has never been recognized by any other country.

OSCE-mediated negotiations to solve the conflict have been largely ineffective.

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