Moldova's breakaway region of Trans-Dniester has reacted to US plans for a missile defence shield by offering to host new Russian missiles. The US wants to base elements of its missile defence shield in neighbouring Romania and Bulgaria - much to Russia's concern. Trans-Dniester leader Igor Smirnov said Russia had not yet asked it to be a host but any request would be approved.
Trans-Dniester is already home to Russian troops and an arms dump. The Trans-Dniester region declared independence from Moldova in 1991. Read more in the BBC-article here.