Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yushchenko, say their countries are determined to continue working actively to help resolve the conflict between Moldova and Transdniester. In a statement issued on 15 December, the two leaders said they will coordinate initiatives aimed at quickly reaching a comprehensive and final settlement.
The two leaders also welcomed the resumption of the negotiation process and say the dispute will be resolved by a deal made “on the basis of Moldova’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”
Transdniester broke away from Moldova in 1990. Most of the region’s residents are Russian-speakers.
Moldova is demanding that Russia withdraw the 1,500 troops it has in Transdniester.