oldovan-Russian consultations at the level of deputy foreign ministers were held in Chisinau on 27 July. The event took place in line with an inter-ministerial plan of consultations for 2012, the Foreign and European Integration Ministry's (MAEIE) information and media communication service has reported.
The Moldovan delegation was led by Deputy Foreign and European Integration Minister Andrei Popov and the Russian one by State Secretary, Deputy Foreign Minister Grigoriy Karasin. The agenda of the discussions included a string of subjects on the Moldovan-Russian cooperation in the political, economic, humanitarian sectors, as well as Transnistria-related problems.
The officials stressed the importance to maintain a positive dynamic of the bilateral contacts at different levels, recorded over the last time, and spoke out in favour of their fostering.
A special subject was the preparation of an ordinary meeting of the joint commission for economic cooperation, due in Chisinau next autumn. The sides highlighted a significant increase of the trade exchanges. The delegations declared for identifying new ways to boost the economic ties, with emphasis put on the importance to remove obstacles to the commerce between the two countries.
As for the humanitarian aspect, the officials exchanged opinions on the organization of the days of Moldova's Culture in Russia, scheduled for September 2012. The sides also discussed subjects on both states' interaction within international and regional organizations, including the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
Referring to the Transnistrian conflict settlement topic, the two deputy ministers exchanged opinions on the outcomes of a round of five-plus-two talks held in Vienna on 12-13 July. In the context of the promotion of confidence-building measures, the sides welcomed the ascendant dynamic of the dialogue between Chisinau and Tiraspol.
At the same time, the Moldovan side set forth its stance on the need to transform the present peacekeeping mission, and spoke out in favour of completing the withdrawal of the Russian troops from Moldova.
Also, during the visit at the MAEIE, Grigoriy Karasin met Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and European Integration Minister Iurie Leanca.