TIRASPOL, November 17 (Itar-Tass) — Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Rogozin plans to meet once again with Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat on Saturday to discuss the statement of Moldovan President Nicolae Timofti on Russian consulate opening in Tiraspol.
"Today I will meet once again with Prime Minister Vlad Filat before departing for Moscow and ask the same question "What is meant", Rogozin said, commenting on Timofti's statement that it would be possible to talk about opening of Russia's consulate-general in Tiraspol only after the pullout of the Russian peacekeeping contingent from the Dniester region.
The Russian vice-premier said that the partner of Russia in the inter-governmental commission was the government of the Republic of Moldova, and statements and decisions of Prime Minister Vlad Filat and his team were taken into consideration first of all in the work. "What the president speaks is of course interesting to hear, but first of all, what the government chairman says interests us," Rogozin said.
During the talks on Friday, Rogozin and Filat agreed to open Russia's consulate in the Moldovan city of Balti and continue the consultations on November 22 on opening of a consulate in the capital of the Dniester region. Timofti told reporters that they would not give consent to open Russia's consulate in Tiraspol "until Russia withdraws its troops from the territory".