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Reunión del Presidente de Rusia Vladímir Putin con el Presidente de la República de Moldavia Igor Dodon

Vladimir Putin met with President of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon who arrived in Russia on an official visit, to discuss Russia-Moldova interaction in trade, the economy and culture, as well as important regional issues.

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr President, colleagues,

I am very pleased to see you.

To begin with, I would like to note that we attach great importance to promoting Russia-Moldova relations. We consider Moldova to be one of our priority CIS partners. Thanks to your personal efforts, the situation has been improving recently, especially in terms of trade and economic relations. Many new winemaking and agricultural companies work specifically in the Russian market.

Last year, imports from Moldova to Russia grew by over 40 percent, and this trend continues unabated with imports climbing another 14 percent in the first half of 2018. In general, our relations in this area are developing steadily. I hope this will continue into the future.

We will have an opportunity to discuss the entire range of our relations.

We are very pleased to have you here. Welcome.

President of Moldova Igor Dodon: Mr President, colleagues,

Moldova and the Russian Federation enjoy traditionally friendly and brotherly strategic relations. This is how it was, it is, and will be, and no one, I am positive, will ever be able to destroy them.

We have good partnership relations in at least six areas. We have common interests when it comes to our spiritual values. We share the same values, and the Moldavian Church is part of the Russian Orthodox Church. I have just met with His Holiness [Patriarch Kirill] and discussed the situation in Moldova.

Our nations share centuries-old history. We have close economic ties.

You mentioned the growth in trade during this and last year. We managed to turn around the 2013–2016 trend, and there has been an increase in trade over the past two years.

With regard to apples, grapes and the like, the Russian market accounts for up to 80–90 percent of Moldova’s total exports. Exports of other items, such as wine, remain minor, as we have not had the chance to regain our former volumes yet.