Lavrov says Russia-Belarus relations developing in working modeRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 21, 21:48
Condolence book in memory of Churkin opened at Russia’s Permanent Mission to UNWorld February 21, 20:53
Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash detained in Vienna at Spain’s requestWorld February 21, 20:40
UN secretary-general offers Lavrov condolences on Churkin’s deathWorld February 21, 19:53
OPEC does not see problems regarding growth of Russian oil exportBusiness & Economy February 21, 19:46
Kremlin to bake 100,000 pancakes for MaslenitsaSociety & Culture February 21, 19:23
Production of Mercedes Benz cars to start in Russia in 2019Business & Economy February 21, 18:43
UN Security Council holds a minute of silence in memory of Russia’s deceased envoyWorld February 21, 18:30
Russia and US might launch joint operations against terrorists in Raqqa — ministerWorld February 21, 18:17
CHISINAU, October 31 (Itar-Tass) —— Moldova will stop using Soviet-made airplanes within the next five years, the government press service said on Monday, October 31.
The country assumed such obligations under the agreement on common airspace with the European Union. The document will enter into force in February or March 2012 after approval by the parliament.
Moldova currently uses Sdoviet-made planes only for cargo transportation. Yak-40, An-24 and Tu-134 passenger planes, which used to make up Moldovan airlines’ fleet, had expended their service life and were replaced by Airbus A320 and Embraer-120 aircraft several years ago.
The government believes that “the agreement will benefit air carriers because Moldovan planes used to fly to EU countries under bilateral agreements, while now all restrictions on routes and number of flights will be lifted from local airlines”.
The government also expects the agreement to help liberalise the market of aviation transportation services in the country and cut prices by 30-40 percent by letting in low-cost companies.