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Russian Negotiators to Hold Talks in Moldova

Moscow, June 26 (RFE/RL) -- A senior Russian diplomat today is heading for Chisinau to hold talks with Moldovan officials on the status of the Russian-dominated Dniestr region and bilateral relations between Moscow and Chisinau.

Interfax news agency quotes first Russian deputy Foreign Minister Boris Pastukhov as saying that he will meet the Moldovan leadership and visit the city of Tiraspol, the capital of the Dniestr region. Moscow is mediating between Chisinau and Tiraspol. Both sides, involved in the Dniestr region conflict, are planning to sign a treaty on further relations. The draft treaty was prepared earlier this month by Moldovan president Mircea Snegur and the leader of the self-proclaimed Dniestr republic Igor Smirnov.