SOCHI, southern Russia, September 12 (Itar-Tass) — Russian President Vladimir Putin told Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat on Wednesday that Russia would help Russian investors to come to Moldova.
“Our government has plans to privatize some plants and enterprises. We think that it’s possible for us to contribute to the arrival of Russian investments,” the Russian head of state said.
Putin said that the leaderships of Russia and Moldova should pay special attention to investments. “It seems to me that we should focus on investments because the volume of Russian investments (in Moldova) is so far inconsiderable,” the Russian president said. “We have very good prospects here,” he added.
For his part, the Moldovan prime minister said that Moldova would welcome the arrival of Russian investors. “The talk is not only about privatization but also private public partnership (PPP),” Vlad Filat said. He agreed that the dynamics of bilateral trade and economic relations should be positive.
“As for the infrastructure, transport and the power industry, I hope that we will continue our interaction in the spirit of cooperation and strategic partnership,” Filat went on to say.
During the talks Putin touched upon deliveries of alcohol and alcoholic products from Moldova to Russia.
“I know that one of the questions will be expansion of deliveries of alcoholic products. Both Moldovan cognacs and wines are very popular in Russia,” Putin said. He noted that Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Vlad Filat had managed to solve the issue the day before.
Putin said that Russia accounts for 40% of Moldovan exports of alcoholic products.