The Russian newspaper Vedomosti reported on Tuesday that the Supreme Council of Transnistria has addressed the Russian State Duma Chairman with a request to provide the possibility for the unrecognized republic to join the Russian Federation, Ukrinform reports.

The Russian edition allegedly has a copy of the statement.

"A request to provide the possibility in the Russian legislation for Transnistria's joining Russia, addressed to State Duma Chairman Sergey Naryshkin, on behalf of the Supreme Council of the unrecognized republic was sent by its chairman Mikhail Burla," the publication writes.

However, yet there is no such information on the website of the Supreme Council of Transnistria.

Transnistria is a breakaway state located mostly on a strip of land between the River Dniester and the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine.

In 2006, 97.2% of voters in a referendum supported Transnistria's accession to Russia. 200,000 Russian citizens currently live in Transnistria, the state language in the unrecognized republic is Russian.

Because of the Russian military contingent present in Transnistria, the European Court of Human Rights considers Transnistria "under the effective authority or at least decisive influence of Russia".

Transnistria, Nagorno-Karabakh, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia are post-Soviet "frozen conflict" zones. These four unrecognized states maintain friendly relations with each other and form the Community for Democracy and Rights of Nations.

QHA