"The Commission condemns any efforts by the self-proclaimed Transdniestrian authorities to hamper the legitimate movement of goods across the Ukrainian - Moldovan State border and to impede registration of economic operators with the Moldovan authorities," said the Commission in a statement today.
The EU currently has a Border Assistance Mission along the frontier between Moldova and Ukraine.
"These measures do not in any way constitute a blockade," added the Commission. "The purpose of the measures is to ensure transparency of border operations, allowing any legitimate goods to pass the border between Ukraine and Moldova freely."
A similar arrangement was in place between Ukraine and Moldova from May 2003 until August 2004.
Russia has sent advisers to Transdniester and termed the new customs procedure a 'blockade'. On Friday, in a declaration, the Russian State Duma warned not only of 'serious' damage to Transdniestrian economy but also of a 'humanitarian disaster'.
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