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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin's visits to Chisinau and Tiraspol

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin visited Chisinau on October 11 and held meetings with Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin. He also held talks with First Deputy Prime Minister Zinaida Greciana, who co-chairs the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation. Karasin traveled also to Tiraspol to meet with Transdniestrian separatist leader Igor Smirnov.

According to a ITAR-TASS report on October 11, Moldovan and Transdniestrian officials have agreed to a meeting on October 18 in Odesa, to discuss resuming stalled talks on resolving the conflict between Chisinau and Tiraspol. Russia, Ukraine, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), mediators in the conflict, scheduled a trilateral meeting in Odesa on the same day.