Monday, November 30, 2015


Moldova Says No To Bigger Russian Presence In Transdniester

Moldovan President Nicolae TimoftiMoldovan President Nicolae Timofti
Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti
Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti
The president of Moldova has rejected a proposal by Russia to open a consulate in the separatist territory of Transdniester.

Nicolae Timofti turned down the plan to build a Russian consulate in Tiraspol after Kremlin officials criticized Moldova's decision to join a European energy pact aimed at scaling back the dominance of the Russian gas giant Gazprom in the EU and its eastern neighbor states.

Timofti also said he would not approve a Russian consulate until Russia withdraws its troops from Transdniester.

Moscow has maintained a force of 1,200 troops in the unrecognized Russian-speaking region since Transdniester broke with the central Moldovan government following a brief war in 1992.

Based on reporting by Reuters and ITAR-TASS