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Russia, self-proclaimed Transnistria to cross Dniester during drills
14:59, 4 August 2017
Russia, self-proclaimed Transnistria to cross Dniester during drills

Maneuvers of Russian forces at Moldova’s borders are expected on August 5

14:59, 4 August 2017

Deschide

Russia plans to hold joint military drills with the unrecognized Transnistria near Moldova’s borders, reports Deschide.md.

According to the agency, Russia was actively preparing for the upcoming military exercises during the week and the training will take place on Saturday. Aside from Russian military forces, armed units of Transnistria will also participate in the drills.

Russian forces are already deployed near the Ternovka village. There are personnel and military hardware, equipment at the site. A few tents were noticed to the east of the village.

Russian and Transnistrian forces will train joint maneuvers in crossing Dniester River, the agency reported.

Joint Control Commission also noted suspicious “Russian presence” in the region. Moldovan observers say they were not allowed to examine the place of future drills.

“During the work of military observers, Russian and Transnistrian military personnel hastily evacuated military equipment and blocked the access for observers to the place where military exercises are supposed to be held,” the message says.

Related: Transnistrian “ex-president” may face 20 years in prison in Moldova

As it was reported earlier Ukraine and Moldova discussed regulation of Transnistria conflict. The parties talked through joint border and custom control along the entire state border, according to Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry.

Another major topic the officials talked through was organization of the joint border and custom control along the entire state border. The sides also agreed to jointly contribute to security in the Black Sea region. Ukraine has been supporting peaceful regulation of Transnistrian conflict by the means of diplomacy in keeping with Moldova’s territorial integrity.

Related: Ukraine to reinforce security at Transnistria border

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