Putin urges end to blockade of Trans-Dniester

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Thursday, April 17, 2014

MOSCOW (AP) -- President Vladimir Putin has urged Ukraine to reopen trade and transportation routes into Moldova's separatist province of Trans-Dniester.

Russia and the Trans-Dniester authorities say that the Ukrainians have blocked transport routes to the region. Moldova has frozen ties with Trans-Dniester since the 1992 war.

Ukraine has voiced fears that the Russian troops could use region as a bridgehead for invading its southern region.

Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since the 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.

Trans-Dniester has called on Russia to recognize its independence.

Putin, speaking Thursday in a televised call-in show, has dodged a question about whether Moscow could do so, but strongly called for ending a blockade of the region by Ukraine and Moldova.

(Copyright 2014. The Associated Press.)


WRDW.com is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 255650351 - wrdw.com/a?a=255650351
Gray Television, Inc.