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Moldova’s President-elect Sandu backs positive dialogue with Russia

The president-elect outlined her short-range plans for ties with Russia, which include extending tariff-free export of some Moldovan goods

CHISINAU, November 18. /TASS/. Moldovan President-elect Maia Sandu had a meeting with Russian Ambassador to the country Oleg Vasnetsov Wednesday where she spoke in favor of positive and pragmatic dialogue with Russia, the Party of Action and Solidarity headed by Sandu reported.

"I will make every effort to establish positive, pragmatic and predictable relations with the Russian Federation. I hope for good cooperation," the party’s press office quoted her as saying.

Sandu also outlined her short-range plans for ties with Russia. "Good relations with the Russian Federation will help us resolve important problems facing [Moldovan] citizens. We agreed to immediately start working on extending tariff-free export of some Moldovan goods as it expires at the end of this year," the president-elect noted.

Moldova held the run-off of the presidential election on November 15. According to preliminary results of the Central Election Commission, Sandu won the presidency with 57.7% of the votes, while Dodon only got 42.2% The current legislation outlines that the Central Election Commission should announce the official results before November 25 and refer them to the Constitutional Court for approval. If candidates challenge the results, the court will have to wait for legal outcomes. Dodon’s term in the office expires on December 23; he will still serve as president until inauguration.