18 Nov 2019 19:05

New Moldovan PM says important to restore, improve partnership with Russia

CHISINAU. Nov 18 (Interfax) - Moldova is interested in improving strategic partnership with Russia, new Moldovan Prime Minister Ion Chicu said. According to the press service for the government, he said this at a meeting with Russian Ambassador in Chisinau Oleg Vasnetsov on Monday.

"The current government is technocratic and wants to establish friendly relations with all partners of Moldova. It is important for us to restore partnership relations with Russia, increase mutual trust, and improve strategic partnership with Russia," Chicu said, emphasizing the need for the development of bilateral relations not only in politics, but also in economy and the social sector for the benefit of the people of both countries.

The prime minister and the ambassador addressed a range of issues, which need to be addressed on an urgent basis, during the meeting.

"In particular, those are export of Moldovan agricultural goods to Russia and the issuance of additional permits for Moldovan cargo carriers for visit to Russia or transits via it," the press service said.

According to the press service, Chicu said he intends to discuss these issues during a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as part of his working visit to Moscow this week.

The new Moldovan government chaired by Chicu was approved on Thursday. The prime minister and two thirds of ministers used to be advisors to President Igor Dodon. Members of the Party of Socialists and the Democratic Party founded by fugitive Moldovan oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, now hiding abroad, gave the vote of confidence in the government.