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Voronin meets Putin for the third time in a month

Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin on June 30 met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, for the third time in a month. Voronin's office provided no details about the agenda of the meeting, which was held in Rostov-upon-Don.

In an apparent effort to counter domestic criticism about the allegedly nontransparent nature of his recent contacts with Russia, Voronin on June 28 held a meeting with a large number of diplomats stationed in Chisinau at which he briefed them on Moldova's stand regarding the future of Transdniester. Voronin reiterated Chisinau's desire for a return to multilateral talks, the so-called 5+2 format.

Multilateral talks ended in February 2006, when Transdniester walked out. Moldova then adopted a bilateral approach, dealing directly with Russia. However, calls for a return to a multilateral format reemerged in mid-April amid international alarm that Russia and Moldova were on the verge of a deal that would entrench Russian influence within Moldova.