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Moldova Says No To Bigger Russian Presence In Transdniester

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