Participants of the 5+2 format talks on the Transnistrian settlement process should gather more often to find practical solutions to real problems of people in the self-proclaimed republic, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin said Monday.

 

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The 5+2 format talks, which include, apart from Transnistria and Moldova, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Russia, Ukraine, the European Union and the United States, have been held since 2005. The latest round took place on June 2-3, 2016 in Berlin.

 

“Russia, as a guarantor country, a mediator, intends to intensify its participation, we insist that [participants of] the international 5+2 format [talks] gather much more often and discuss not ephemeral, theoretical issues but rather basic needs of Transnistrian people, institutions,” Karasin said following a meeting with Transnistrian leader Vadim Krasnoselsky.

 

Last month, Moldova’s President Igor Dodon said that the Transnistrian crisis can be settled only through talks in the 5+2 format.

 

 

 

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