Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Nicholas Soames Nicholas Soames Conservative, Mid Sussex

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of the risk of a Russian invasion of the Transnistria region of Moldova; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of David Lidington David Lidington The Minister for Europe

We continue to monitor events in the Transnistria region of the Republic of Moldova closely. President Putin's decision to absorb Crimea into the Russian Federation has worrying implications for the region, including the Republic of Moldova. I welcome the visit by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Moldova led by Lord Dubs as an opportunity to hear first hand from key interlocutors. The European Council on Monday 24 March reaffirmed its intention to strengthen further political association and economic integration with the Republic of Moldova, The European Council aims to sign the Association Agreements, including the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Areas, initialled in Vilnius last November, no later than June 2014.

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