MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Moldova Constitutional Court has ruled the Russian presence in the ethnic Russian and Ukrainian dominated region as illegal. In a letter published Tuesday, the former Soviet republic asked the UN General Assembly to discuss a complete withdrawal of foreign armed forces from Transnistria at its regular session in September.
Russian troops have been part of a multinational peacekeeping force in Transnistria since 1992. The region declared its independence from the then Soviet Republic of Moldova in 1990 for fear of Moldova’s possible reunion with Romania.
Reacting to Moldova’s demand of the Russian pullout, Russia’s ambassador to the UN Vasily Nebenzya said Wednesday it was an unfriendly move that reflected divisions between the president and the rest of the executive power in Chisinau.