Moldova asks Russia to stop recruiting its citizens to Army

Moldova's foreign ministry has called on Russia to stop recruiting Moldovan citizens to the Russian Army.

In a letter sent to the Russian embassy in Chisinau Wednesday, the ministry accused Russia of recruiting soldiers in Ternovca, a village located in the pro-Russian breakaway region of Trans-Dniester, which borders Ukraine. It said the alleged recruitments violate bilateral agreements.

The letter did not say when the alleged recruitments took place or how many people had been recruited. The Russian embassy did not immediately respond.

The ministry also called on Russia to withdraw some 1,000 Russian troops stationed in Trans-Dniester.

It said Trans-Dniester, which broke away from Moldova in 1990 fearing Moldova intended to reunite with Romania, should have an international civil peacekeeping operation.

Trans-Dniester is not internationally recognized as an independent state.