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Moldova’s ambassador hails Belarus’ leadership efforts to develop the country

MOSCOW, Sept. 14 (BelTA) — Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to Russia Dmitry Krutoi met with Ambassador of Moldova to the Russian Federation Lilian Darii, the press service of the Embassy of Belarus told BelTA.

Dmitry Krutoi and Lilian Darii exchanged views on bilateral agenda items and discussed international issues. The Ambassador of Moldova praised the efforts of the Belarusian leadership aimed at ensuring the country’s development, achieving an export strategy, preserving industrial enterprises and agriculture and creating favorable conditions for investments (the Hi- Tech, free economic zones).

In addition to existing companies that assemble Belarusian trolleybuses and tractors in Moldova, Dmitry Krutoi suggested expanding manufacturing cooperation and organizing joint ventures in Moldova with the aim of assembling lifts and harvesters. The parties said that the complicated situation in the region, an increase in transit barriers and other sanctions-fueled barriers from Western countries have negatively affected trade between Belarus and Moldova this year. Despite the high demand for Belarusian machinery, equipment, vehicles, wood pellets, building materials, gas stoves and other industrial goods on the Moldovan market. The decline in trade volumes has been attributed to massively complicated and costly logistics of freight shipments between Belarus and Moldova. Regardless of the complications, the parties agreed to continue advancing the mutually beneficial economic ties.

The Belarusian ambassador also suggested holding a regular session of the Belarus-Moldova intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation by the end of the year.

Dmitry Krutoi and Lilian Darii underlined the mutual interest in maintaining a direct dialogue between countries at all levels.