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Moldova's Breakaway Transdniester Urges Moscow To Recognize Independence

Lawmakers in Moldova's breakaway region of Transdniester have urged Russian President Vladimir Putin, Russia's parliament, and the UN and the OSCE to recognize the region's independence.

In the official address, adopted by the members of Transdniester's Supreme Council on April 16, the lawmakers said that their request is based on the results of the referendum held in the separatist region in September 2006.

The official results of the referendum said that 97 percent of the population in Transdniester had voted for the region's independence from Moldova and the right to join the Russian Federation.

Moldova's Prime Minister Iurie Leanca condemned the Transdniester parliament's move and called on the Kremlin to reject it.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told his Moldovan counterpart, Natalia Gherman, in Moscow earlier this month that Russia respected Moldova's territorial integrity and sovereignty.

Transdniester has ruled itself since breaking away from Moldova in a brief war in 1992.

The region's de facto independence has not been recognized internationally.
With reporting by Interfax and RIA Novosti