Moldova FM asks Russia to withdraw soldiers

Moldova’s foreign ministry has called on Russia to withdraw soldiers from Trans-Dniester, a separatist pro-Russian enclave in the east part of the country.

The ministry appealed to Russia on Tuesday to pull out some 1,500 troops and thousands of tons of weapons from Trans-Dniester in accordance with commitments made at a 1999 summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Trans-Dniester broke away from Moldova in 1990 over fears it planned to reunite with Romania. Some 1,500 people died in a 1992 war.

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