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CHISINAU, Moldova—Moldova’s foreign ministry has called on Russia to withdraw troops and weapons from a separatist pro-Russian enclave in the east of the former Soviet republic.
The ministry appealed to Russia on Tuesday to pull out some 1,500 troops and thousands of tons of weapons from Trans-Dniester in accordance with commitments made at a 1999 summit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Russia on Monday accused Moldova of trying to destabilize the region and force out Russian troops.
Russia is angry that Moldova signed an association agreement in June with the European Union; in August Moscow placed an embargo on Moldovan fruit.
originally posted by: joemoe
I think Putin is gambling that the US and EU will not chance a confrontation with him. In his mind the US is weak and broke and the EU depends too much on Russia's natural resources.