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Russian ban wonít be lifted as long as EU-Moldova agreement is in force

A delegation of the Russian Federal Service "Rospotrebnadzor" is scheduled to visit Moldova next week to inspect the production lines of several Moldovan companies. However, the Russians will not completely lift the embargo as long as the association agreement, signed with the European Union, remains in force.

President Igor Dodon, who made an official visit to Moscow for 2 days, announced that experts of the "Rospotrebnadzor" and "Rosselkhoznadzor" are expected next week in Chisinau to expand the list of Moldovan companies that are allowed to supply goods to the Russian market.

"I had discussions with Russian officials and we concluded that the embargo will not be lifted as long as the Association Agreement with the European Union is in force; however, it is possible to expand the list of companies that want to export goods to the Russian market. In the next two months, we will solve this problem," stated Dodon, quoted by Ria Novosti.

Dodon promised his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, that the PSRM would request the cancellation of Moldova's Association Agreement with the European Union if the party got a majority in Parliament in the 2018 elections.

"I pointed out earlier that we were against signing the Association Agreement with the EU. This agreement did not bring any benefit to Moldova; we just lost the Russian market, and Moldovan exports to the EU dropped. I did not get anything by signing this agreement. If the PSRM wins a majority in Parliament in the next parliamentary elections, this agreement will likely be cancelled," assured President Igor Dodon.

The Russian Federation banned the import of fruit and vegetables from Moldova on the 21 July 2014 as a result of the presence of pests in several batches of fruit, as well as an alleged non-compliance with the labelling regulations. Subsequently, on 1 August 2014, the Russian Government adopted a decision to introduce customs duties on imports of goods from Moldova. All this happened after Moldova's signing of the Association Agreement with the European Union.

Publication date: 1/20/2017


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