MINSK, 5 May (BelTA) – Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukashenko is holding a meeting with Chairman of the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova, former president of that country Igor Dodon, BelTA has learned.
The Telegram channel Pul Pervogo has noted that the meeting is taking place out of town and released several photos of the meeting between the Belarusian leader and Igor Dodon.
A delegation of the Moldovan parliament will visit Belarus on 5-7 May. Meetings are planned in the National Assembly and the government. They will also attend an official ceremony to unveil a monument to Hero of the Soviet Union Ion Soltys from Moldova installed in Minsk at the intersection of Soltysa Street and Vaupshasova Street. The delegation will also visit the Khatyn Memorial Complex, lay a capsule with the soil from the burial places of Moldovan soldiers who died liberating Belarus in the crypt of the All Saints Church.
In 2020, Belarus-Moldova trade amounted to $204.1 million, down by 9.4% over 2019 amid the pandemic. Belarus had a surplus of $61.1 million In January-February 2021, the trade totaled $33.8 million, up by 23.5% year-on-year. Belarus' major export items were petroleum products, trolleybuses, tractors, medicines, fiberglass, boards and plastic films. Major imports from Moldova were wine, spirits, corn, fresh and canned fruits and vegetables, carpets and flooring.
There are 23 enterprises with Moldovan participation in Belarus, including 7 joint ventures and 16 foreign enterprises. In Moldova, there are more than 60 representative offices, commodity distribution network entities and distributors of Belarusian enterprises, 3 assembly plants (assembling Belkommunmash trolleybuses, tractors of the Smorgon Assembly Plant and the Bobruisk Plant of Tractor Parts and Units).