The comments come as the chairman in office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Karel De Gucht, is scheduled to meet with Smirnov in Transdniester tomorrow.
Meanwhile today, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov said Russian peacekeepers will remain in Transdniester. Russia maintains some 1,500 troops in the region, which broke away from Moldova in a 1992 war.
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