BRUSSELS, October 25, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The European Union today said it is "concerned" about Russia's lack of cooperation in resolving Moldova's conflict with its breakaway region of Transdniester.
The EU external relations commissioner, Benita Ferrero-Waldner, told the European Parliament in Strasbourg today that Russian calls for some form of international recognition to Transdniester could "complicate" solutions.
She also said that continued tensions with Transdniester could "seriously hamper" Moldova's development.
President Putin at a Kremlin meeting in April (epa)
PUTIN SPEAKS OUT: During a January press conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin said there is a need for "universal principles" to settle "frozen" conflicts in the CIS. His comments came against the background of impending talks on the future status of Kosovo, which many predict will grant it a form of "conditional independence" from Serbia and Montenegro. As an ally of Serbia, Moscow has consistently opposed the idea of Kosovar independence. Putin's remarks suggest he may be shifting his position, but only if the principles applied to Kosovo are also applied to frozen conflicts in the former Soviet Union. If Kosovo can be granted full independence, he asked, why should we deny the same to Abkhazia and South Ossetia? (more)