Russia is ready to resume full-scale trade and economic cooperation with Moldova, find solutions for removing existing barriers to trade within the framework of the intergovernmental commission and restore bilateral trade to $ 2 billion, which was in 2012
The special representative of the President of the Russian Federation on the development of trade and economic cooperation with Moldova, the Russian Deputy Prime Minister said this at a joint press conference with President of Moldova Igor Dodon. Dmitry Kozak congratulated the Moldovan authorities on the successful resolution of the recent political crisis, noting that the danger of destabilizing the situation in the country was very great. He expressed satisfaction that the right and left opposition in Moldova found the courage and resilience to form a coalition and work for the good of the whole Moldova. Dmitry Kozak said that after overcoming the crisis, Russia is ready to resume full-scale cooperation with Moldova. He noted that, the chairman of the Russian part of the Moldovan-Russian intergovernmental commission on trade, economic and scientific and technical cooperation Dmitry Patrushev who is the Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation and will hold talks with the chairman of the Moldovan part of the commission, also arrived in Chisinau. Dmitry Kozak said that the expansion of cooperation in agriculture will be a key issue, and the parties will discuss the extension of the duty-free supply of Moldovan fruits and vegetables to the Russian Federation. He stressed that it is necessary to remove the barriers that exist or that may arise, noting the readiness of the Russian Federation for the expansion of trade and investment cooperation. As noted, for the almost 3-year break in the work of the commission, many problems have accumulated that need to be addressed. According to the Russian vice-premier, the significant increase in Moldovan fruit and vegetable and wine production in the Russian Federation since the beginning of this year is not just numbers that increase trade, but these are hundreds and thousands of jobs, as well as incomes of Moldovan citizens. He also noted that, despite the fact that opinions of Russia do not always and not everywhere coincide with those of the Western countries, no other country had such “frozen” cooperation as Moldova. “Our target is to restore bilateral trade at the level of $ 2 billion, which Moldova and Russia had in 2012,” said Dmitry Kozak.// 24.06.2019 — InfoMarket.