Filat asks Putin to speed up loan provision

The Republic of Moldova counts on Russia’s assistance, and would like to complete credit negotiations as soon as possible, Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat said here today during his meeting with Russia Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Filat said the Russian assistance would be extremely timely now, and reminded he had discussed the topic with Russian First Deputy Premier, Minister of Finance Alexei Kudrin in Chisinau last month.

Vlad Filat said Moldova is going through a very complicated period, when the world economic crisis is aggravated with serious domestic political problems. Nevertheless, he said, the new Government of Moldova will be resolutely conducting its external policy transparently and pragmatically, and will be meeting its international commitments fully.

Vladimir Putin admitted that the domestic political processes in Moldova are really impetuous. He voiced hope they will not spoil the grassroots’ living and will eventually lead to a new stage of international interaction.

In the spring of 2009, Moscow promised [yet to President Vladimir Voronin] a credit for Moldova in the amount of US$500 million. Later, however, a smaller figure was mentioned, but credit terms have not been defined yet.

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