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Breakaway region of Transnistria asks Russia for protection

(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, FEB 28 - Pro-Russian separatist officials in the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria have appealed to Moscow for "protection", according to a resolution passed by a special congress of the region on Wednesday. Officials will ask Russia's Federation Council and State Duma "to implement measures to protect Transnistria in the face of increased pressure from Moldova", the resolution said, according to local and Russian news agencies. (ANSA-AFP).