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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin: Transdnestr Is Part of Moldova




CHISINAU, Moldova -- Putin vowed to do more to help Moldova resolve a dispute with its breakaway Transdnestr region, which has dogged the tiny former Soviet state since it won independence from Moscow.


The countries reached a tentative agreement on Russian gas supplies to Moldova, but details weren't available.


Putin reassured his hosts Saturday that Moscow viewed the Transdnestr region, populated mainly by Russian speakers, as part of Moldova.


"Russia is sincerely interested in Moldova developing dynamically as an independent, sovereign state with its territory intact and able to become a force for stability in this region," Putin said in televised remarks.


A spokesman for Moldovan President Petru Lucinschi said he was very pleased with the two days of talks.


Putin said Russia would set up a state commission headed by former Prime Minister Yevgeny Primakov to oversee efforts to settle the Transdnestr dispute.


But he said a resolution was possible "only if the interests of all people living in this territory are taken into account."