Moldova region wants Russia link-up
A separatist leader has said the Trans-Dniester region of Moldova wants independence - and eventually to join Russia.
Evgheny Shevciuk, president of the self-proclaimed republic, said the "Trans-Dniester people" want to be recognised as an independent state.
"Our dream is to have a successful, independent nation, together with Russia," he said.
The region voted in a 2006 referendum to join Russia but these were the strongest words on secession in recent months.
Trans-Dniester is a strip of land that borders Russian-speaking Ukraine, hundreds of miles from Russia.
The region, which broke away from Moldova in 1990, is not officially recognised but is supported by Moscow which has 1,500 troops stationed there.
There was no reaction to the comments from Moldova, which is seeking to join the European Union.