Moldova: lawmakers demand Russia withdraws its troops

AP News
Posted: Jul 21, 2017 1:42 PM

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldovan lawmakers have demanded that Russia withdraws its troops from the separatist region of Trans-Dniester, in a move that could heighten tensions between the pro-Western government and the president who favors closer relations with Moscow.

A total of 61 of lawmakers in the 101-seat legislature Friday approved a symbolic statement calling for the removal of about 1,500 Russian troops, weapons, and other military equipment from the pro-Russian Trans-Dniester region.

The statement said Russian troops stationed there since a 1992 war where 1,500 were killed "violate the ... independence, sovereignty (and) territorial integrity" of Moldova.

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President Igor Dodon criticized the vote, saying it was "intended to worsen relations with Russia." Moldova's government seeks closer ties with the European Union and the U.S.

Trans-Dniester broke away from Moldova in 1990.