Republic of Moldova to request sanctions against Russia from WTO


“The Republic of Moldova will ask the World Trade Organization (WTO) to adopt sanctions against Russia after the latter banned fruit and vegetables imported from Moldova,” Ion Sula, director of the National Food Safety Agency, stated, as cited by Unimedia.
“We are forced to make certain requests to the WTO. Some unjustified decisions have been made and we want them explained. We have also drafted a memo stating clearly the conditions under which vegetable products are to be exported from the Republic of Moldova,” Ion Sula said further.
The decision to ask for sanctions against the Russian Federation could be made within a week by the Ministry of Economy in Chisinau.
Starting Monday, Russia has banned all canned fruit and vegetables originating from the Republic of Moldova following the embargo on Moldavian fruits due to “dangerous insects.” On June 27, the Republic of Moldova signed the Association Agreement with the European Union and the Free Trade Agreement, both of which Russia criticized, warning that it will take “safety measures” if the agreements affect the Russian economy. The authorities in Chisinau believe the embargo was a geopolitical decision and Prime Minister Iurie Leanca has commissioned the competent authorities to immediately draw up a detailed analysis of the legal framework concerning trading relations with Russia, and to include recommendations. On Tuesday, Leanca announced the Gov’t would intensify talks with neighboring countries on promoting the export of Moldavian products. According to PM Leanca, Belarus will continue to accept products made in the Republic of Moldova and the possibility of expanding exports on the Arab markets and the European Union is being taken into consideration.
PM Ponta promises support to R. of Moldova
“Romania will help the Republic of Moldova to face the economic sanctions it has been subject to by Russia, also by raising the export quotas of Moldavian agro-food products on the European market,” Prime Minister Ponta stated Wednesday, according to Mediafax.
“The sanctions and problems are particularly aimed at the other side of the Prut, unfortunately. I have discussed with Prime Minister Leanca and offered our support as far as the economic sanctioning measures imposed on Moldova by the Russian Federation are concerned,” Ponta said during Wednesday’s Gov’t session. He also pointed out that Daniel Constantin, Romanian Minister of Agriculture, has raised the issue of supporting Moldova with the European Commissioner in this field.
In turn, while in Brussels for the Foreign Affairs Council (FAC) meeting, Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean announced Tuesday that this topic was discussed with the European Commissioner on Expansion, Stefan Fule, and there is “the possibility of a speedier support from the European Union, as well as the possibility of the R. of Moldova submitting the ratification instrument to the Association and Free Trade Agreements sooner, thus allowing for a speedier implementation of the agreement, particularly where the chapters on economy are concerned.”
“It is clearly the EU’s wish to grant support and assistance to Eastern Partnership countries which, as we can see, have been subject to a new series of restrictive measures that are obviously politically, and not economically motivated, in our opinion,” Titus Corlatean concluded.

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