Moldova to revive economic cooperation with Russia

Moldovan Prime Minister considers boosting trade with Russia

Photo by: Moldova Government Website
Photo by: Moldova Government Website

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Moldovan Prime Minister Kirill Gaburich has announced that economic cooperation with Russia was considered in a meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev following another meeting of the Council of the Heads of Government of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on May 29.

Gaburich said that Moldova wants to revive the Russian-Moldovan inter-governmental commission for trade and economic cooperation and trade with Russia without export restrictions.

"I hope we will be able to resume the work of the inter-governmental commission before summer ends," Gaburich added.

"We discussed many problems in relations between our countries, particularly a possibility of lifting restrictions on exports of Moldovan products to Russia."

Gaburich’s announcement has been considered another step towards improving Moldova’s and Russia’s complex relationship since Moldova became independent in 1991.

Moldovan citizens who back pro-European attitudes rallied in May in the capital city of Chisinau to demand the reunification of Moldova with Romania and chanted slogans against Russia.

Citizens who want Moldova to enter European Union have protested against the inability of the government to apply reforms moving their country closer to European Union membership.

In 2013, the Moldovan government signed an association agreement with the EU. However, the current government does not favour the implementation of EU reforms in the near future.

Moldova is additionally troubled by pro-Russian sentiment in its autonomous region of Gagauzia, with 98.4 percent of voters in the region expressing a desire for closer relations with the Russian-led CIS Customs Union in a poll conducted last year.

The CIS is a regional organisation of nine countries from former Soviet republics working together in the areas of  trade, finance, lawmaking, and security.

Although Ukraine was one of the founders of the CIS, the Ukrainian parliament decided to leave the organisation in 2014 following the Russian annexation of Crimea.

TRTWorld and agencies