Politics of Transnistria
Moldova's breakaway region of Transnistria is to open a diplomatic office in the centre of Moscow on New Arbat Street alongside the "embassies" of other unrecognised similar entities such as Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The mission will open this month, the chief of the Transnistrian diplomacy, Vitaly Ignatiev, said on Sunday.
The Romanian Foreign Affairs Ministry (MAE) hails the UN General Assembly's resolution on the withdrawal of foreign military forces from the territory of the Republic of Moldova, reads a message on MAE's Twitter account.
Moldova's Security and Intelligence Service, SIS, told BIRN that it has identified 62 persons from the country as taking part in mercenary activities in Ukraine since Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014 and in the conflict in the Eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian and pro-Russian separatist forces.
Franco Frattini, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office's Special Representative for the Transdniestrian Settlement Process, said on Tuesday that Moldova and breakaway Transnistria must be ready to implement all their bilateral agreements by May as a precursor to possible progress on a Russian troop withdrawal from Transnistria.
Russia's Central Election Commission is sending 192,000 ballot papers to Moldova's breakaway region of Transnistria, where people with Russian citizenship will be able to vote in the March 18 presidential elections.
The leader of the region, Vadim Krasnoselsky, said on Monday in Moscow that Transnistria wants to provide more votes than ever before at the Russian presidential polls.