The U.S. Embassy in Chisinau criticized leaders of breakaway Transdniester for banning foreign financing of nongovernmental organizations. In a statement released on March 17, the embassy expressed "deep concern over the decree" issued by Transdniestrian authorities on March 7 that bans NGOs from receiving foreign funding. The embassy said that funding for NGOs "often addresses needs that other bodies are unable to meet." The embassy added that the decree "violates European and international norms and harms the people of the region," and called on Transdniester to reconsider it.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe also criticized the ban on March 16.