10/13/11 (AEIN) President of the PMR Igor Smirnov answered questions on various issues from journalists, Radio PMR reported in an early Thursday news broadcast from Tiraspol. The leader of the pro-Russian breakaway republic replied to inquiries about relations with neighboring Moldova and Russia, among other issues.
Smirnov said that his most important aim is to obtain international recognition of the PMR, also known by the names Transnistria or Pridnestrovie. Speaking to a Russian journalist, he emphasized the differences between his country and Moldova, saying that its citizens have more in common with Russians.
The PMR is located in Eastern Europe and claimed by Moldova. While it is generally not recognized by foreign governments, it retains the backing of Moscow. Smirnov and the Prime Minister of Moldova held a rare meeting in Germany earlier this year. A delegation from the PMR plans to visit Russia later this month.