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President Prinestrovya wants to join the Russian national projects

July 9 2008

President of Transdniestria, Igor Smirnov, during the forthcoming visit to Moscow is planning to discuss issues relating to political, economic and social spheres.

"In the economic and social sphere, we will discuss further development of relations" - said at a news conference Wednesday in Tiraspol, Smirnov. The head of the unrecognized republic also said that he would like to discuss in Moscow the ability to connect Transnistria to Russia's national projects "and the issue of the legal status of the Transnistrian citizens temporarily working in Russia.

At the same time, Igor Smirnov said that "politically, I once again conveyed to the Russian authorities our position, which boils down to the fact that Transnistria - an independent state, which is ready for any negotiations, but only on an equal basis."

President of the unrecognized republic also plans to raise the issue and his compatriots who work in Russia. "These are, as it turned out, not 70 and not 50,000, as is sometimes reported by the media, and (I specifically checked the numbers) 15000. And we must do everything possible so that these people did not feel like outcasts," - noted this regard, Smirnov, reported Interfax .

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