11 Apr 2019 12:53

Moldovan president pays unannounced visit to Belarus

CHISINAU. April 11 (Interfax) - Moldovan President Igor Dodon has paid a brief unannounced visit to Belarus.

"During a one-day visit to the Republic of Belarus, I had a meeting with the country's president, Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko. We highly praised our dynamically developing bilateral relations, especially in the trade-economic field," Dodon wrote on Facebook.

He thanked Belarussian partners for granting Moldovan agricultural products broad access to the Belarussian market and for technical assistance provided to Moldova at his request.

"Additionally, I thanked the Belarussian leader for supporting the Republic of Moldova in acquiring observer status in the Eurasian Economic Union and for facilitating the opening of direct air services between Chisinau and Minsk under an agreement between the two presidents," he said.

Dodon stressed "the need for deeper cooperation in the industrial sector. In particular, this concerns the development of industrial cooperation and the assembly of high-quality Belarussian trolleybuses and tractors that enjoy a deserved demand on the Moldovan market."

Dodon visited Belarus on Wednesday. However, he himself had not mentioned his plans on social networks in advance, nor did his press service report beforehand or on the day of the visit.

Dodon was on a working visit to Moscow last week, about which he said only afterwards. Some Moldovan media reported that Dodon and Party of Socialists (PSRM) leader Zinaida Greceanii visited Moscow to hold consultations on building a ruling coalition and endorsing a new government in Moldova.