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not you usual bowl of eye candy

You won’t see her in any movies at your neighborhood theater.

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And she is not a runway model

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She is ...

Nina Shtanski

So what? Never heard of her.

Well as it happens, she is head of international relations for a tiny state you could make a Marx Bros. film with.  Although it might be a tad more serious come to think of it.

‘The Russian world is uniting’: Model minister of breakaway region urges Putin to make her country his next conquest in wake of Crimea takeover to alarm of Nato

· Nina Shtanski said: ‘The people’s wish for unity cannot be stopped’

· She is foreign minister of Russian-speaking region Transdniestria

· Shtanski is calling for a similar takeover of her breakaway republic

By Will Stewart

The glamorous foreign minister of a breakaway region of Moldova is calling on Vladimir Putin to make her country his next conquest in eastern Europe.

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Few may have heard of Transdniestria, the unofficial and fictitious-sounding statelet whose head of international relations is 36-year-old Nina Shtanski.

However, senior Western figures are alarmed that following the annexation of Crimea it is step two in a Kremlin masterplan to redraw the frontiers of Europe.

This top diplomat in staunchly pro-Russian Transdniestria, who has a penchant for revealing black dresses, is gushing in her praise of Putin’s takeover of the Black Sea peninsula.

She openly invites him to make the same move in her landlocked territory of 509,000 people, wedged between strife-torn Ukraine and Moldova.

‘We are pleased to say that the outcome of the Crimean referendum almost fully coincides with the results of the Transdniestrian referendum of 17 September 2006, when over 97 per cent of voters chose independence and the prospect of voluntary unification with Russia,’ she said in a statement.

‘The obvious match of the will expressed by people in Crimea and Transdniestria demonstrates that the Russian World is uniting and the people’s wish for unity cannot be stopped.’

Russian troops are assembling on Ukraine’s eastern border with Russia. An annexation of Transdniestria would be a significant expansion of Russian territory.

A Russian force of 1,300 troops - currently on high alert - is already on the ground as ‘peacekeepers’ in the self-declared state - which boasts the hammer and sickle on its mainly red flag.

Last week there were reports of plain-clothed Russian FSB secret services agents flooding into breakaway territory.

Under international law, the unofficial country is part of Romanian-speaking Moldova, but after a war as the USSR broke up, Ms Shtanski and the local population have never accepted rule by Moldova.

They are now bent on being formally integrated as a region of the Kremlin, which has long subsidised this outpost.

The fear for Western military planners is that after taking Transdniestria, Putin could then seize an arc from there to Crimea, sealing off the southern Black Sea regions of Ukraine.

In the process, he would grab another old Russian jewel, the port city of Odessa, and cripple Kiev’s economy.

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