MOSCOW, 14 September (BelTA) – Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia Dmitry Krutoi has met with Moldovan Ambassador to the Russian Federation Lilian Darii, the press service of the Belarusian embassy told BelTA.
Dmitry Krutoi and Lilian Darii exchanged opinions about items on the bilateral agenda and discussed international problems. The Moldovan ambassador spoke highly of efforts of Belarus' leadership aimed at ensuring the development of the country, realizing an export strategy, preserving industrial enterprises and agriculture, and enabling conditions for making investments (the Hi-Tech Park, free economic zones).
In addition to existing enterprises that assemble Belarusian trolleybuses and tractors in Moldova Dmitry Krutoi suggested expanding manufacturing cooperation and organizing joint ventures in Moldova for the sake of assembling lifts and harvesters. The sides stated that the complicated situation in the region, an increase in transit barriers and other sanctions-fueled barriers on the part of Western countries have negatively affected Belarus-Moldova trade this year. Despite the strong demand for Belarusian machines, equipment, vehicles, wood pellets, construction materials, gas stoves, and other industrial goods on the Moldovan market. The decrease in trade volumes was attributed to massively complicated and expensive logistics of freight shipments between Belarus and Moldova. Regardless of the complications the sides agreed to continue further advancement of mutually beneficial economic ties.
The Belarusian ambassador also suggested holding a regular session of the Belarus-Moldova intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation by the end of the year.
Dmitry Krutoi and Lilian Darii stressed mutual interest in maintaining a direct dialogue between the countries at all levels.