State Department: The United States is closely monitoring the situation in Transnistria

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The United States is closely monitoring the situation in Transnistria after the unrecognized region turned to Russia for help, State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said today.

- Given the increasingly aggressive role of Russia in Europe, we are carefully following Russia's actions in Transnistria and the situation as a whole, said Miller.

He added that the United States provides firm support for Moldova's territorial integrity within internationally recognized borders.

"We continue to call on Chisinau and Tiraspol to work together and seek solutions to the most pressing problems of the municipalities on both sides of the Dniester," Miller said.

Pro-Russian MPs in Transnistria today, in a special meeting, the seventh in the history of this region, sent a request to Russia for "protection" in relation to concerns that the territory could become a new hot spot in the conflict between Moscow and Ukraine.

After Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Chişinău fears that the Kremlin could use Transnistria to open a new front in the southwest toward Odessa. Russia has deployed 1.500 soldiers in this region.

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