After a short exchange of views with the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin on the dynamics of bilateral Moldovan-Russian relations, the President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon held a more detailed discussion of current issues with the Deputy Head of the Russian Presidential Administration, Special Representative of the Russian President for the Development of Trade and Economic Relations with the Republic of Moldova Dmitri Kozak.
Following the discussion of the main issues on the agenda, the below mentioned agreements were reached:
1. Moldova and Russia will resume negotiations on a loan of 200 million Euros to support the Moldovan economy. In the coming days, the Governments of the two countries will agree on the necessary procedures in this direction.
2. At the request of the President of Moldova, the Russian Federation agreed to extend the privileges for duty-free supplies of Moldovan goods. This means that after July 1 Moldovan fruits, vegetables, canning and wine products will be supplied to the Russian market without customs duties, which will allow Moldovan producers to save at least 20-25 million Euros per year.
3. The parties agreed to solve the problem of issuing permits for the transit of goods from the Republic of Moldova to the Russian Federation through the territory of Ukraine.
4. At the request of the President of Moldova, Russia will consider the possibility of providing humanitarian aid in the form of diesel fuel to agricultural enterprises that have suffered from an unprecedented drought this year.
In addition, the head of the Moldovan state discussed with the Russian side a range of issues related to confidence-building measures and other aspects of advancing the Transnistrian settlement process.