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    Moldova's Ministry of Defense ended all formal diplomatic relations with a Russian military attaché in Chisinau, Moldovan state-run radio TRM reported, according to Regnum News Agency.

    The reason behind such a radical move was the presence of the Russian attaché at a military parade in Tiraspol that marked the 25th anniversary of Transnistrian independence, Moldovan Defense Minister Anatoliy Salaru told TRM.

    The minister said that Chisinau considers the incident as an "unfriendly step" on behalf of Russia and thus Moldova decided to end all military relations with Russia.

    Earlier Regnum reported that an unnamed representative from the Russian embassy in Moldova was called into Moldova's Foreign Affairs Ministry to explain the actions of the Russian military attaché in Tiraspol.

    "We were concerned about this situation and pointed out at the unacceptable nature of such act," Moldova's Foreign Minister Natalia Gherman said, as cited by Regnum.

    Tiraspol held a military parade marking the 25th anniversary of Transnistria's independence on September 2. Over 2,000 servicemen and 123 military vehicles took part in the parade.

    Transnistria is internationally recognized as part of the Republic of Moldova, but is a de-facto independent state. The region declared its independence from Moldova after the War of Transnistria in 1990-1992, which ended with a ceasefire on July 21, 1992.    

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