Dodon said that Russia will take off for half a year the customs duties on Moldovan goods

© Sputnik / Miroslav to Waterpalace in Photobacterium of Moldova Igor Dodon. Archival photoDodon said that Russia will take off for half a year the customs duties on Moldovan goods© Sputnik / Miroslav to Retirerait the image Bank

The President of Moldova Igor Dodon told the journalists that Russia from January 1, 2019 for six months will remove customs duties on certain categories of Moldovan goods exported to the Russian market.

Earlier, Igor Dodon, after a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia and Moldova agreed to take joint concrete actions to increase exports of Moldovan production to the Russian market.

«At my request, on five product categories from 1 January 2019 for six months will be charged customs duties. We would like to trade liberalization would be indefinite, but these categories — fruit, vegetables, canned food products and wine industry are the basis of exports,» he stated Monday at a briefing by results of visit to Moscow.

The President hopes that in the future fees will be removed permanently.

«That duty was taken for the longer term, we need negotiations between the governments. We expect that in six months the country will be another government that will continue», — he said.

Igor Dodon said that in a short time in Moldova there will arrive representatives of the Rosselkhoznadzor to expand list of companies that can deliver the goods to the Russian market.

He assumed the position of President of Moldova on 23 December 2016. According to his election program, he intends to restore the strategic partnership with Russia, the return of Moldovan products to the Russian market and to normalize the cooperation in the energy sector. He has repeatedly said that Moldova «is vital to restore relations with Russia.»

Relations between Moscow and Chisinau deteriorated in the summer of 2015, when the Moldovan Parliament ratified the Association agreement with the EU, which the government signed in Brussels. By Convention, Moldova should fully open its market to European goods. Russia, fearing that the market of the CIS and the Customs Union via Moldova will receive the re-export of goods from the EU, has imposed a temporary ban on imports of certain Moldovan products.