The television channel of the Trans-Dniester region of Moldova says the region’s leader has signed a decree saying it should join Russia, in line with the results of a referendum a decade ago.


In 2006, some 97 percent of residents of Trans-Dniester, which split from Moldova in 1990, voted to join Russia. Trans-Dniester, which is not internationally recognized, shares a border with Ukraine but not Russia.


The official Trans-Dniester station reported Thursday that leader Yevgeny Shevchuk had ruled it was time to enact the results of the referendum.


Trans-Dniester holds elections in December and Shevchuk is expected to run. 


There was no immediate reaction from Moldova’s government.