Moldova goes in the traces of Crimea.

Moldova’s breakaway Trans-Dniester region has submitted a plea to the Russian parliament to draft a law that would incorporate the territory into Russia, an official says.

Speaker of the Supreme Council of the Trans-Dniester Moldovan Republic, Mikhail Burla, forwarded the appeal to Russian State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin, considering absorbing the territory to the Russian Federation, Russia’s newspaper Vedomosti reported.

Burla called on Russian lawmakers to expand legislation on Crimea’s absorption to cover Moldova’s Trans-Dniester region.

Irina Kubanskikh, the spokesperson for the Trans-Dniester parliament, said “[Lawmakers] appealed to the Russian Federation leadership to examine the possibility of extending to Trans-Dniester the legislation, currently under discussion in the State Duma, on granting Russian citizenship and admitting new subjects into Russia.”

This is while, pro-Western Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti cautioned Moscow against trying to annex Trans-Dniester, as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty making Crimea part of Russia on Tuesday.

“It would be a mistake if Russia took such a step…Such actions are counterproductive and would not benefit either the Republic of Moldova or the Russian Federation,” Timofti said.

Moscow argues that Pridnestrovie – which is better known under names such as Transdniestria or Trans-Dniester – meets the requirements for statehood under international law.

In 2006, the Russian-speaking region reasserted its demand for independence despite challenges by Moldova and the international community.

DISTANT DRUM