Andrian Candu discusses Russia’s ban on Moldovan imports in Moscow

The ban imposed on the import of Moldovan agricultural and alcoholic products by Russia does not have economic or legal justification, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Andrian Candu said in an interview given to the TV channel MIR in Moscow, IPN reports.

“Regretfully, the Moldova-Russian bilateral relations have deteriorated lately. We must find new ways of communication and new arguments based on figures, which show that the limitation of exports is not justified economically and has no legal basis,” stated Andrian Candu.

He described the Russian side’s fears concerning the signing of the Association Agreement between Moldova and the EU as ‘exaggerated’. “Moldova plays an insignificant role on the Russian market and accounts for not event 1% of the exports to this market. Moldova is not even among the 30 largest exporters to Russia. The customs system enables to ensure strict monitoring; we have certificates of origin for the goods and thus do not understand where these fears related to the re-export derive from,” said the Deputy Prime Minister.

On the other hand, Andrian Candu said that any problem has also positive effects as the ban imposed by Russia on the import of Moldovan wine in 2006 led to the diversification of the export markets and the improvement of the quality of wine.

The minister of economy noted that Moldova’s exports of fruit and vegetables to Russia in the first half of this year fell by 20%. “In general yet, our global exports increased, while imports declined. The balance of trade has improved and thus the forecast economic growth of 3-3.5% is a realistic one,” stated Andrian Candu.

He also said that the Government is concerned about the problems faced by the Moldovan farmers and will therefore communicate firmly with Russia, providing arguments, as communication is very important now.

Andrian Candu paid a visit to Moscow at the end of last week, being accompanied by an official delegation. He had meetings with high-ranking Russian officials, including Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

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