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Moldova interested in purchasing Belarusian medicines

It's time for Minsk and Chisinau to move on to implementing more progressive projects. On June 6, Alexander Lukashenko met with Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip.

Chisinau can continue to count on Minsk as a reliable partner.

This statement opened the meeting. Our countries have long friendly and business relations. The countries conduct political and economic dialogue developing trade and joint projects. Belarus assembles trolleybuses, buses and tractors in Moldova, while Moldovan wines are bottled in Minsk. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko considers it possible to expand the creation of joint ventures.

Moldova is among the CIS countries Belarus has one of the best relations with.

Alexander Lukashenko, President of Belarus:
This is such a good land. Kind, warm. And not only because there is a good climate there. It's just because people there are very good, they are akin to hardworking Belarusians. Therefore, we are always glad to see you here, no matter what your status, what position you take. If you need to visit Belarus, please come to us at any time.

Moreover, Moldovans are not required to have any permissions to come to Belarus.

For the Moldovan goods, Minsk provided the national regime - that is, trade on an equal footing with Belarusian goods. Belarus buys from Moldova tobacco, fruits, and cognacs and exports petroleum products, machinery and equipment. Our economies are mutually complementary.

Alexander Lukashenko:
We never closed from you. We did everything so that you could work in the Belarusian market. And from it you can access either the European Union or the Eurasian Economic Union. You should know that we will continue to adhere to this policy in the future.

We are very grateful to you for the help and assistance you are giving us in the western direction. You always support us, trying to explain to some zealous politicians in Europe what Belarus is.

Pavel Filip, Prime Minister of the Republic of Moldova:
Thanks to you, thanks to an open and constructive attitude (which I, like all the people of the Republic of Moldova, know perfectly well and understand) Belarus lent a helping hand when we had hard times.

In 2016 and the first quarter of 2017, the trade turnover between Belarus and Moldova fell, mainly due to decreased supplies of petroleum products. But the balance remains positive for Belarus. The Belarusian President suggests moving from mere assembly plants to joint ventures.

Alexander Lukashenko:
If we can help you, please, tell me. Everything that interests us in Moldova... There we started to develop joint ventures together... So we did not see any obstacles. Maybe, it helped both of our states to function normally, at one time even helped survive. I think we cannot lose this in any case.

I'm sure no one will push you out of this market. Moreover, we are creating joint ventures here.

If there is a will, let's create more. In the field of children's nutrition and juices. We can deliver to anywhere from here. As for investment guarantees you cannot even doubt it.

Moldovans have already made their choice in favor of Belarusians. They buy tractors "Belarus" to take care of their vineyards and a number of productions have been created together with Belarusian partners. It is enough to drive through the streets of Chisinau to understand: Moldova actively uses Belarusian goods and technologies to modernize its industry and public transport. Moldova is also ready to buy medicines from Belarus.

Pavel Filip:
Last autumn, they talked about delivering Belarusian medicines in Chisinau, because it was an acute topic. And again, if we proceed from the ratio of quality and price, of course, these medicines are very necessary for our market.

Both sides show mutual interest in strengthening cooperation. An intergovernmental commission has been set up, and the bilateral regulatory framework is based on 85 documents. On June 6, five interdepartmental agreements were signed. In terms of trade the countries see 2014 as a landmark, when the trade turnover reached $400 million.

Andrei Kobyakov, Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus:
An action plan has been prepared for signing, which provides for specific joint ventures in the design and construction of energy-efficient residential and industrial buildings.

Another important area is road construction, including the creation of a Belarusian-Moldovan consortium.

The working visit of the governmental delegation of Moldova continues. Pavel Filip should return home with a portfolio of specific agreements and souvenirs from the Belarusian President.

Moldova interested in Belarusian medicines