Moscow, 7 February 2003 (RFE/RL) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said today that Russia and Moldova have a common position on the need to pursue negotiations with Moldova's breakaway region of Transdniester. Putin said after talks with Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin in Moscow that the two countries both share the goal of ensuring that a solution on Transdniester respects the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Moldova.
The mostly Russian-speaking enclave of Transdniester declared independence from Moldova in 1991, but is not internationally recognized. Russian troops have been stationed in the region since then.
Putin and Voronin also discussed their countries' trade relations. Voronin said after the talks that Putin had accepted an invitation to visit Moldova.