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Moldovan President Makes Rare Visit To Moscow --> Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin (left) with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin (file photo) (AFP) August 8, 2006 -- Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin has arrived in Moscow for a one-day visit, his first visit to Moscow for bilateral talks in more than three years.

He is scheduled to meet with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, for talks focusing on the breakaway region of Transdniester and a ban on Moldovan wine imports imposed by Russia in March 2006.


The Transdniester Conflict

Stela Jantuan, head of the Information, Analysis, and Prognosis Service of the Moldovan parliament (RFE/RL)

FROZEN CONFLICT: On January 11, 2006, RFE/RL's Washington office hosted a panel discussion on prospects for settling the Transdniester conflict. The roundtable featured STEFAN GLIGOR and STELA JANTUAN of the Information, Analysis, and Prognosis Service of the Moldovan parliament and ALEXANDRU FLENCHA, head of the information and analysis division of Moldova's Ministry of Reintegration.


Listen to the complete panel discussion (about 90 minutes):
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TALKS CONTINUE. The conflict between the Republic of Moldova and the unrecognized, separatist Transdniester Republic has festered for more than 15 years. A decade of talks supervised by the OSCE, Russia, and Ukraine have stagnated, while allegations mount concerning the involvement of Transdniester separatists in money-laundering and trafficking in arms, drugs, and human beings. What are the current prospects for settling this frozen conflict? (more)


An archive of RFE/RL's coverage of Transdniester.