Moldova appeals to West, Russia to avoid break-up

CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) — Moldova's prime minister has appealed to the European Union, the U.S and Russia to prevent a break-up of his country amid concerns that Russia could annex the country's separatist Trans-Dniester region.

Iurie Leanca said Friday he is in "active contact" with Western leaders to express security concerns affecting Moldova following Russia's annexation of Crimea. "The Europeans, the Americans and the Russians must make every effort to avert the scenario of destabilization," Leanca said after meeting Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who was visiting to support Moldova's EU membership bid.

Trans-Dniester is not internationally recognized but is supported by Russia. It has no border with Russia, but does border Russian-speaking areas of southern Ukraine. In 2006, the region voted in a referendum to join Russia.

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