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Rogozin Appointed Special Envoy for Transdnestr

RIA Novosti

17:54 21/03/2012 MOSCOW, March 21 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday appointed Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin his special representative on Moldova’s breakaway republic of Transdnestr.

Medvedev’s decree is published on the Kremlin website. It enters into force today.

Rogozin is in charge of the defense industry in the government. Prior to the appointment as a deputy premier in December 2011, he was Russia’s envoy to NATO.

The Russian-speaking province of Transdnestr has maintained de facto independence from Moldova since a brief war in 1992 following the breakup of the Soviet Union.

A joint peacekeeping force of Russian, Moldovan and Transdnestr contingents has been deployed in the area. Transdnestr seeks full independence, while Moldova says it is only prepared to allow autonomy.

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