“There are no structural, irreconcilable contradictions in our relations,” the prime minister said.
“There are fears as to our intentions. We will be removing these fears. We will prove through a calm and friendly policy that we don’t pursue anti-Russian goals,” Iurie Leanca said.
He said a sizable part of the population felt friendly towards Russia, and this feeling must be propped up “by positive projects”.
“We will be conducting negotiations, fighting for Russian markets, which are important for us,” he said. The prime minister said the government would also take measures to protect the interests of Moldovan nationals working in Russia, who make contribution to the Moldovan and Russian economies.
Russian revised trade rules with Moldova after it had signed an agreement to create a free trade zone with the European Union. “Being a member of a free trade zone within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), Moldova signed an agreement with the EU, while these two agreements don’t fit together,” said Russian Ambassador to Moldova Farit Mukhametshin.
Russia’s embargo, introduced on July 21 - two weeks before Moscow issued a wider ban on western produce - covers imports of Moldovan apples, plums, peaches and canned fruit. Russia also abolished duty-free exemptions for a number of Moldovan products such as meat, vegetables, sugar and wine. According to the government, Moldovan agricultural producers might lose about $150 million under the worst of scenarios.