Moldova to intensify export of grapes, wines to Belarus

Chisinau, 12 October /MOLDPRES/ - Moldovan enterprises will intensify export of grapes and wines to the Belarusian market. Acting President and Parliament Speaker Mihai Ghimpu told a news conference on 10 October that a decision to this effect was taken during a on 9 October bilateral meeting with Belarusian President Aleksandr Lukasenko.

Ghimpu said that the enforcement of the decision depends on the Moldovan government. Referring to the opening of sales markets, he said that Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, as well as Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiev noted that their countries markets are opened to Moldovan products.

The acting president pointed out that both Yushchenko and Lukasenko announced their support for the new Moldovan government, the Alliance for European Integration. He also said that while meeting Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev, the officials noted that the Russian Federation will have privileged cooperation relations with the new Moldovan government.

Asked about Russia s promised loan of 150 million dollars, which is to be provided by the end of 2009, Ghimpu said that Moldova needs this loan all the more so as the budgetary deficit stands at 8 billion lei /482 million euros/. Nonetheless, he said that Moldova would take the loan only after Russia unveils the terms for it and the authorities accept them.

As concerns the Transnistrian issue, Medvedev noted that the withdrawal of Russian troops from Transnistria depends on Moldova s guarantee of remaining a neutral state and of not joining NATO, Ghimpu said.

On 9 October, acting President Mihai Ghimpu had bilateral meetings with four CIS presidents who arrived in Moldova to participate in the Summit of the CIS Heads of State.



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