This Thursday, a Moldovan diplomatic mission will arrive in Moscow for the first inter-ministerial talks since April 2017. At that time, Moldova froze its relationship with Russia after accusing Russia of trying to kill the ruling, pro-Western Democratic Party's leader, Vlad Plahotniuc.
According to the agenda of the current meeting, the two sides will try to advance political dialogue, trade, economic and social cooperation, interaction in the cultural and humanitarian sphere, and more.
Analysts said the Democratic Party was seeking to re-establish contacts with Russia ahead of important parliamentary elections due in February, at a time of poor relations with the EU. The EU suspended macro-financial aid of 100 million euros in July 2018 because of the government's allegedly anti-democratic actions.
Political analyst Ion Tabarta told balkaninsight.com that Russia also has an interest in ending the feuds with Moldova's current rulers: "Moscow would be interested in such a partnership and in establishing a dialogue. Russia knows well who decides what in Moldova and who is the decisive factor – and there are no guarantees that Igor Dodon and his party will win the elections.”
Meanwhile, showing off his special relationship with Moscow, President Dodon said in a political talk-show on Monday that he had talked to Russian President Vladimir Putin about allowing fruit and vegetables to be exported to Russia.