Posted: Apr 17, 2014 6:33 AM
Updated: Apr 17, 2014 6:33 AM
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) Four U.S. senators have visited Moldova to offer political and financial support, while Russian President Vladimir Putin is urging Ukraine to end a blockade of the country's separatist province Trans-Dniester.
U.S. senators John McCain, John Barrasso, John Hoeven and Ron Johnson visited Moldova Thursday to lend support to the former Soviet republic's move toward the European Union.
At a meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Iurie Leanca the senators also discussed energy security and how to attract U.S investments to Moldova.
Russia says Ukraine has blocked transport routes to Trans-Dniester, which has run its own affairs without international recognition since 1992.
The region, located on border with Ukraine, has hosted Russian troops and there have been fears that Russia could use it as a bridgehead for invading southern Ukraine.