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    The international 5+2 format resolving the Transnistria dispute, that include Russia, Moldova, Transnistria, Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, as well as observers from the European Union and the United States, does not work, according to the Transnistrian Foreign Ministry.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The 5+2 negotiations aimed at peacefully resolving the Transnistria dispute are not working, the Transnistrian Foreign Ministry said Friday.

    Transnistria, a strip of land between Moldova and Ukraine, broke away from the Soviet republic of Moldova in the 1990s. Most of its population are Russian and Ukrainian nationals.

    "The international 5+2 format with the participation of all our foreign partners…is not working," Transnistrian Acting Foreign Minister Vitaly Ignatiev said at a press conference in Moscow.

    The Moldovan side evades from the dialogue and sabotages activities of 11 working groups, the acting minister explained.

    According to Ignatiev, Moldova attributes its non-participation in the negotiations to an internal political crisis, which hit the country last September.

    The 5+2 format negotiators include Russia, Moldova, Transnistria, Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, as well as observers from the European Union and the United States.

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    Vitaly Ignatiev, Ukraine, Moldova, Transnistria
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