23 Nov 2009 16:55

Moldovan premier hopes to receive Russian loan in 2010

CHISINAU. Nov 23 (Interfax) - Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat lauded results of the Yalta meeting with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and pledged further negotiations.

"We discussed plenty of areas of bilateral relations, including the Transdniestrian settlement in the 5+2 format, gas deliveries to Moldova, trade and economic relations. We also discussed the possible end to compulsory registration of Moldovan citizens visiting Russia for less than 90 days. The dialog with Vladimir Putin will continue in the near future," he told a Monday press conference after being asked to comment on the CIS Yalta summit.

Filat confirmed he had discussed the possible allocation of a $150 million loan by Russia.

"Hopefully, [Moldova] will receive the loan before the end of 2010," he said.

As for the demarcation of the Moldovan-Ukrainian border, Filat said he had agreed on demarcation and control over the entire border with Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

He denied claims that Moldova had allegedly transferred its land near the Palanca village, where a Ukrainian road went through Moldovan territory.

"We discussed the entire problem, including disputable areas in Guirgiulesti, Palanca and the Novo-Dnestr power plant, as well as control over the Transdniestrian sector of the border. Experts will do their work. We should not forget that the border agreement was signed in 1999 and ratified by the parliament. It must be fulfilled," Filat said.

An agreement to resume the activity of the Moldovan-Ukrainian trade and economic cooperation commission, which has been idle since 2006, is reached, he said.

"This is a confirmation to the level of bilateral trade," he said.