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Moldova wants to reset its relations with Russia — Moldovan deputy PM

July 05, 18:13 UTC+3 CHISINAU
Moldova’s association agreement with the EU is of no threat to Russia’s trade interests
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CHISINAU, July 5. /TASS/. Moldova wants to reset its relations with Russia to promote mutually beneficial ties, Moldova’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Octavian Calmic said on Tuesday after talks with visiting Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

"Moldova highly appreciates relations with Russia and its other traditional partners. We are convinced that our relations need a reset in order to develop friendly and mutually beneficial ties," he said.

He said that Moldova’s association agreement with the European Union, which provides for the establishment of a free trade zone, is of no threat to Russia’s trade interests. "The agreement with the European Union supplements the free trade agreement within the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). It offers additional possibilities for both Moldova and Russia," Calmic said. However he admitted that after signing the association agreement with the European Union Moldova’s trade with Russia considerably shrank hitting most severely the Moldovan side.

According to Moldovan deputy prime minister, along with trade relations, talks with Rogozin, who is also a co-chairman of the Russian-Moldova intergovernmental commission on trade-and-economic cooperation and Russian president’s special envoy for Transdniestria, touched upon "a wide range of issues, including energy, transport and other sensible problems, such as access for Moldovan vegetables and fruits to the Russian market."

"We discussed a kind of ‘roadmap’ which will include all key elements of economic cooperation. I hope we prepare this document in July and begin its implementation," Calmic added.

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