At the North Atlantic Assembly meeting in Budapest, Moldovan parliament vice chairman Nivolae Andronic urged the West to press Moscow to withdraw the 14th Russian Army from Moldova’s Transdniestr region, Basarpress said June 5. Andronic also backed NATO expansion, dismissing the arguments of those who say that this would generate support for extreme nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky. “Without Zhirinovsky in power, Russia keeps her troops in other countries and supports separatist movements and regimes in the newly independent states,” Andronic said. Also on June 5, Parliament chairman Petru Lucinschi, and that body’s foreign relations committee chairman Dumitru Diacov, rejected any suggestion that Washington was prepared to relegate Moldova to a Russian sphere of influence.
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