Russia`s President Dmitry Medvedev will hold a meeting today with the Transnistrian side to look into conflict settlement issues, the Vesti channel quoted him as saying. According to RBC, Medvedev believes there is every reason to believe the solution can be reached, as during Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin`s recent visit to Moscow the two leaders discussed the situation in Transnistria as well. Russia is ready to act as a mediator, Medvedev stressed.

      Asked about Ukraine, Medvedev noted that the nation had to find an answer to the question of how to ensure its security. "If they see the accession to NATO as the best way to guarantee security, they should persuade Ukrainians to vote for it at a referendum," the Russian President stated, pointing that despite some backstage preparations the Ukrainian people has not had its say yet.

      Commenting on the concerns voiced by the Baltic states that Russia`s policy was a threat to them, Medvedev underscored that no one had ever threatened the governments, adding that it looked like they were having "phantom-limb pains".