Putin told Obama the problems surrounding the breakaway Moldovan region should be solved not by force but by talks in the "5+2" format of Moldova, Transdniestr
, the OSCE, Russia and Ukraine, with the EU and US as observers.
The "accident" occurred on Wednesday in the country's breakaway Transdniestr
On an unscheduled visit to the self-declared Republic of Transdniestr
, in the former Soviet Union, the Scotrail worker fell for his interpreter.
A former Soviet state with a restive Russian-speaking minority in its Transdniestr
region, Moldova has expressed fears that developments in neighbouring Ukraine could set an example for its own separatists in the wake of Russia's annexation of the Crimean peninsula.
, in eastern Moldova, fought a brief independence war after the Soviet Union's collapse but is not internationally recognised.