Almost 20 percent of Moldovan residents support Transdniestrian accession to Russia - poll

Residents of Moldova feel neutral about Crimea's unification with Russia but largely oppose Russia's possible incorporation of Transdniestria.

Residents of Moldova feel neutral about Crimea's unification with Russia but largely oppose Russia's possible incorporation of Transdniestria.

The Institute for Public Policy's Barometer of Public Opinion presented poll results on Thursday.

"The territorial integrity of Moldova is crucial for more than 69 percent of citizens, who denied support to the possible Transdniestrian accession to Russia," Institute for Public Policy Director Aracadie Barbarosie said during the poll presentation. He said the scenario was accepted by only 18 percent of the respondents and 13 percent were hesitant. Besides, 11 percent were positive that the Ukrainian events would influence Moldova.

"Twenty-eight percent of the respondents said they did not know what to do if the conflict eventually spread into Moldova. Ten percent are ready to leave the country, and 21 percent are ready to fight," Barbarosie said.

A quarter of the respondents said Russia's interference in the Crimean situation was grounded; 15 percent denied the fact of military intervention, and 39 percent condemned the Russian conduct, he said. A half of Moldovan citizens said that "the Crimean decision to join Russia was the voluntary decision of people living on the peninsula" and 22 percent called that "an annexation."

The sociologists polled 1,115 people in 76 populated localities from March 28 through April 13. The poll was not held in the Transdniestrian Moldovan Republic. The margin of error keeps within 3 percent. The Barometer of Public Opinion has been conducting spring and autumnal polls for over a decade. These polls are believed to be the fairest demonstration of the public opinion on keynote political, social and economic issues of Moldova and its domestic and foreign policy.

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