The leader of the unrecognized Transnistria Yevgeny Shevchuk signed the Decree “On the implementation of the outcome of the national Referendum of September 17, 2006 on the recognition of Transnistria's independence and its subsequent unification with Russia," an Ukrinform correspondent reports from Moldova.
The "Decree" stipulates that "bringing the Transnistrian legal system into line with the federal legislation of the Russian Federation has become the main direction of the domestic policy of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic."
Moldovan authorities consider the "Decree" null and void, since it was signed by the unconstitutional authorities on the basis of the illegal Referendum held on the part of territory of the Republic of Moldova. The Moldovan authorities also believe that the "Decree" signed by Shevchuk would negatively affect the negotiation process on the settlement of the situation in Transnistria.
“We express our regret and deep disappointment that the said document undermines the constitutional authorities of Moldova and its international partners involved in the Transnistrian conflict settlement in the framework of the "5 + 2" format negotiations (Moldova, Transnistria, Ukraine, the OSCE, Russia, the EU and USA),” reads a statement of the Bureau for reintegration of Moldova's government.
Transnistria’s authorities say that on the basis of the so-called Referendum held ten years ago, 97.2% of the citizens of the region, who took part in the vote, supported the policy of independence of the "Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic" and further free Transdnestr joining the Russian Federation.