Russia will take whatever measures necessary to protect its citizens in Transdnistria, a region on the border of Moldova and Ukraine, in the event of a repeat of the Ukrainian scenario there, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.
"There should be no illusions over whether Russia will protect its own citizens. It definitely will. And there is no need to try and test our patience and strength," Rogozin said at a meeting with Transdniestrian President Yevgeny Shevchuk at the Central Museum of the Russian Armed Forces in Moscow on Wednesday.
Russia will do everything to remain "a reliable and stable peacekeeper" in Transdnistria in accordance with its international obligations, he said.
"Russia believes in Transdnistria and shows that it will never pull out of Transdnistria," Rogozin said.
We must take steps to ensure calm and stability in Transdnistria now "and not wait for dramatic events," he said.
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