(QHA) -

Transnistria will be a part of Russia, but the present situation in Ukraine prevents from doing it now, Putin’s envoy in Crimea Oleg Belaventsev said Aug. 19, Liga.net reports.

 “I would unite Transnistria today. However, you see what is going on in Ukraine,” the envoy said.

 “I am convinced that in the final run Transnistria will be a part of Russia,” he said.

In early August, Moldova demanded again that Russia withdraw its military from TransNistria.

Fearing the likely joining of Romania by Moldova, Transnistria -- the base of a large Russian army and the area heavily populated by Russian-speakers -- broke away from Moldova in 1992.

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