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February 5, 2023

PM Filat calls on Putin to intervene in Moldova exports issue

Republic of Moldova Prime Minister Vlad Filat wrote a letter to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in which he asked him to intervene in “the matter of Moldova’s wine, fruit and vegetables exports,” Info-Prim neo reports, quoted by HorNews. Filat stated, on Wednesday, for national television, that this was not an embargo from Russia, but merely “some unjustified restrictions.” “I accept that some quality parameters may not have been met, but I refuse to believe that approximately 150 companies violated these regulations on the very same day,” the Moldovan prime minister stated. “Let us not rush to interpret this as a political action,” he further stated, adding that “an analysis and, subsequently, an official position of the Government” were called for. “We focus our efforts on getting products from Moldova on the Russian market. We will take all necessary actions to this purpose, but we also need an opening from the Russian side for the problem to be solved,” Filat underlined.

Immediately after the ban on Moldova’s wine exports on the Russian market, Filat urged the European Union to double wine exports on the European market. When asked whether he will also do so in the matter of fruit and vegetables, Filat mentioned the Government’s objective of creating a EUR 150 M-investment fund to support exports. Out of this amount, EUR 100 M will come from a loan granted by the European Investment Bank, and other EUR 50 M from a European Commission grant.

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