The Vice Prime Minister of Russian Federation Dmitri Rogozin and the Moldova’s Minister of Economy Octavian Kalmyk approved the “Plan on development of Russian-Moldovan trade and economic relations in 2016-2017years” in Moscow yesterday." It is reported by Kommersant.
The signing the document was confirmed by Rogozin himself in Twitter, but he noted that the main issue was not resolved, which is customs. Recall that Russia imposed tariffs on 19 types of Moldovan products in 2014, when Chisinau ratified an agreement with the EU on free trade.
It was the first in four years session of the Russian-Moldovan Intergovernmental Commission meeting on trade and economic cooperation, as the Kommersant notes.
The first paragraph of the document Russia states the possibility of simultaneous action of FTA (free trade agreement) with the EU and CIS: "Reducing trade barriers in the Russian-Moldovan trade and economic relations in terms when Moldova simultaneously participates in free trade with the EU and the CIS".
Specifically Chisinau should provide "Russian agricultural and food products access to the market of Moldova on the same level" in terms of Moldovan legislation harmonization with European. And Moscow should consider "the possibility of diversification of Moldovan alcohol products supplies to Russian market." Kalmyk even promised the withdrawal of Russian restrictions on Moldovan wine producers in the first quarter of next year.
Chisinau and Moscow also agreed to eliminate discriminatory ecological fees for import of the products, create an electronic system of their origin certification, work to prevent re-export of prohibited by Russia goods.
According to Rogozin, some unsolved issues can be resolved during the visit of Moldovan President-elect Igor Dodon to Russia, which could happen by the end of the year.
Earlier it was reported that Moldova will keep Euro integration course, and continue to improve relations with Russia. It is no secret that our priority is the European integration of the country, according to Moldovan Foreign Minister.