Meeting with Moldova Prime Minister Pavel Filip

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Belarus and Moldova need to step up efforts to develop joint ventures and set up new ones, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said at the negotiations with Moldova Prime Minister Pavel Filip on 19 April.

The Moldovan head of government remarked that the relations between the two countries are based on friendship and kindness. “But at the same time, I must say that it is not only the ties of a sentimental friendship. Our relations are based on more specific, pragmatic projects,” Pavel Filip said.

Aleksandr Lukashenko noted that Belarus supplied its products to Moldova back in the Soviet times. “Over time our products have not lost their popularity here. It is easy to work with you. You produce what we need. We produce what is in demand in your country. We do not have to compete, we need alignment, arrangements on mutual supplies,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.

The President said that he often visited Moldova before, including during his service in the army. He added that he always recalls those times with warmth.

During the extended negotiations with the participation of the delegations the sides discussed the expansion of economic ties in various industries, including agriculture, food production, industrial cooperation, infrastructure projects. Special attention was drawn to the operation of existing joint enterprises and establishment new ones, development of cooperation in the energy sector, humanitarian field and law enforcement.

Aleksandr Lukashenko is convinced that the countries need to step up efforts to promote joint projects, set up joint ventures, look for new avenues for cooperation. “Two thousand elevators, according to your government, are not enough. Elevators are made in Belarus, and they are of excellent quality. Why cannot we assemble them here? We can. If you need buses, let’s make them together,” Aleksandr Lukashenko said.