Transnistrian parliament seeks to join Russia

Transnistria's Parliament will apply to Russia for recognition of their independence from Moldova

Transnistria's Parliament will apply to Russia for recognition of their independence from Moldova

TIRASPOL, Moldova - Transnistria's parliament, which declared unilateral independence from Moldova in 1990, adopted a decision on Wednesday to apply to Russia for recognition within the Russian federation.

A statement posted on the parliament's official website said the decision was unanimously approved to apply to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian federation. 

Parliamentary lawmakers said the decision was in accord with the right to "self-determination" included in the United Nations Charter of Human Rights.

Transnistria declared independence from the Soviet Union on August 19, 1990. Transnistria was then considered part of Moldova, from which it declared independence on September 1, 1990, and has for 24 years been an internationally unrecognized state.

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