Vlad Filat: The European integration doesn’t contradict with good relations with Russian Federation
The Prime Minister Vald Filat states that his visit to Russian Federation and strengthening the partnership between two countries doesn’t impact the European integration course of the Republic of Moldova. “I don’t know who and where has he got from that Moldova’s European integration contradicts the good relations with Russian Federation. Moldova should have good relations with all its partners”, mentions the Prime Minister in an interview for Radio Free Europe.
Vlad Filat notes that the relations with Russian Federation are to be brought in accordance with what is written in bilateral agreements. It doesn’t concern only the Strategic Partnership. “I don’t’ have in mind only the activities related to the economic field. This is also about the humanitarian field, education, culture, hundreds of thousands of Moldovans working in Russian Federation and so on”, adds Vlad Filat. The Prime Minister also says that he has a mission that emerges from the position he holds and which engages him to responsibly manage the foreign policy including.
The officials accentuates that he will discuss about everything at his meeting with the Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev. “The agenda, as I’ve said, is complex, targeting areas of cooperation between our country and Russian Federation. It is about the economic field, the market conditions for Moldovan businesses and here I mean not only wine producers or fruit exporters. It is about the entire range of products produced in Moldova and exported to Russian Federation. It is about natural gas import from Russian Federation”, mentions Vlad Filat. The contract on gas prices, natural gas transit, as well as gas quality and calculation formula will be also negotiated.
As regards the Transnistrian conflict settlement, Vlad Filat declares that being a participant of the negotiation process in 5+2 format, the Russian Federation has an important role and we should not deny this. According to the Prime Minister we are very close to a turning point. “We have a really historic opportunity to make a leap that will bring freedom, democracy, and welfare for Moldovan citizens, we have the real chance to finalise and sign the Association Agreement next year. It means to finalise and negotiate the Free Trade Agreement”, mentions the Prime Minister.