31 Jan 2020 18:43

Russia willing to broaden trade-economic cooperation with Moldova - Russian PM Mishustin

ALMATY. Jan 31 (Interfax) - Russia is interested in broadening economic cooperation with Moldova, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin said at a meeting with Moldovan Prime Minister Ion Chicu on Friday.

"We are really interested in broadening cooperation with Moldova and giving it real substance, primarily in the trade-economic field," Mishustin said at the meeting on the sidelines of a Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Almaty.

Along with active dialogue between the presidents of Russia and Moldova, the two countries are also restoring contacts at the government level, which is evident, in particular, from Chicu's visit to Moscow in November 2019, Mishustin said.

Russia has taken substantial steps to liberalize its trade-economic relations with Moldova, including as concerns shipments of fruits, vegetables, and wine, as well as some other products, he said.

"We recorded a 6.4% growth to nearly $1.5 billion in bilateral trade between October and November 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. And, certainly, we expect our relations to continue developing both bilaterally and within the framework of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)," Mishustin said.

Mishustin thanked Chicu for congratulating him on becoming Russian prime minister earlier in January. He also noted that the two were taking part in a Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting for the first time on Friday.

Moldova holds observer status in the EAEU.