Putin cancels decree underpinning Moldova’s sovereignty in separatist conflict

Russian President Putin delivers his annual address to the Federal Assembly in Moscow

CHISINAU (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin revoked on Tuesday a 2012 decree that in part underpinned Moldova’s sovereignty in resolving the future of the Transdniestria region – a Moscow-backed separatist region which borders Ukraine and where Russia keeps troops.

The decree, which included a Moldova component, outlined Russia’s foreign policy 11 years ago which assumed Moscow’s closer relations with the European Union and the United States.

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