Reporters quote the statement of Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker for the Federation Council, calling the members of the upper house of the Parliament "not to be out for long." According to press reports, Matvienko wants the Council of Federation to be ready to vote for recognition of Transnistria as part of Russia at any moment, Joinfo.ua reports referring to Russian media.
"I do not exclude that there is a need to hold an additional, extraordinary session of the Federation Council, so I ask you not to leave for long and to be in contact. If such a decision is taken, we will inform you in due time," said Matvienko.
In 2006, in Transnistria was held a referendum, when more than 97% of voters supported accession to Russia. In March 2014, the Supreme Council of Transnistria asked the Russian State Duma to draft a law that would co-opt this territory.
It should be recalled that Transnistria is a self-proclaimed state, the territory of which is recognized as part of Moldova by the international community. It occupies almost all of the Moldavian part of the left bank of the Dnipro River, as well as several settlements on the right bank. In the north-east it borders with Ukraine, in the south-west – with Moldova.
Independence of Transnistria was proclaimed on August 25, 1991, and then between the separatists and the Moldovan troops began a short-term armed conflict, which ended up in the actual victory of the separatists, backed by Russian forces.