(QHA) -

NATO members demand the withdrawal of Russian troops from the Transdnistrian region of Moldova.

"NATO members have always supported the Republic of Moldova on the problems of the Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, demanding the withdrawal of Russian troops from Moldova," – announced NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg during a meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Chiril Gaburici.

The 14th Russian Army is located on the territory of the unrecognized Transdnistria. Russian pledged to withdraw its troops and weapons from Transnistria at the Istanbul OSCE Summit in 1999, but the obligation has not yet been fulfilled.

Russia has threatened that Moldova’s drive for closer European integration could cause it to lose control of its  breakaway pro-Russian region of Transdniester.

Russia maintains about 1,200 troops in Transdniester.

QHA