The European Union has extended sanctions against the leadership of Transnistria

© AFP 2018 / Gerard CerlesФлаг EU headquarters of the European Union in Brussels. Archival photoThe European Union has extended sanctions against the leadership of Transnistria© AFP 2018 / Gerard Cerles

The European Union has extended until October 2019 restrictive measures against the leadership of the unrecognized Transnistria, said in a paper published Friday in the Official journal of the EU.

«This decision is valid till 31 Oct 2019. If the Council deems that its objectives have not been achieved, it must be updated or it should be amended,» — said in the decision.

The decree comes into force on the day following its publication in the Official journal of the EU.

In February 2003, the EU imposed sanctions against a number of Transnistrian officials, which, in the opinion of this regional organization, bore direct responsibility for the lack of progress in Transnistrian settlement, and for the organization of the campaign to close in Transnistria, Moldovan schools teaching in Latin script and in the programs of Moldova.

Transnistria, 60% of inhabitants are Russians and Ukrainians sought to secede from Moldova even before the collapse of the USSR, fearing that on the wave of nationalism Moldova will join Romania. In 1992, after a failed attempt of the authorities of Moldova force to solve the problem, Transnistria has become virtually beyond the control of Chisinau’s territory.

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