Apr 17, 2014 7:28 AM by Associated Press
MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin has urged Ukraine to reopen trade and transportation routes into Moldova's separatist province of Trans-Dniester.
Russia and the Trans-Dniester authorities say that the Ukrainians have blocked transport routes to the region. Moldova has frozen ties with Trans-Dniester since the 1992 war.
Ukraine has voiced fears that the Russian troops could use region as a bridgehead for invading its southern region.
Trans-Dniester, located in eastern part of Moldova on border with Ukraine, has run its own affairs without international recognition since the 1992 war. Russian troops are stationed there.
Trans-Dniester has called on Russia to recognize its independence.
Putin, speaking Thursday in a televised call-in show, has dodged a question about whether Moscow could do so, but strongly called for ending a blockade of the region by Ukraine and Moldova.
(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
PLEASE HELP US MODERATE COMMENTS
Offensive or inappropriate comments are subject to removal. To report a comment, please e-mail us at email@example.com, and include the name of the story and information on the comment.
Thank you! KSBY.com