Source Pravda.Ru

Moldavia could pay for Russian gas in its goods

Moldavia discusses various ways of repaying its debt for Russian gas, including by supplying goods, Moldavian President Vladimir Voronin reported at a press conference today. According to him, in 2002 Russian gas supplies were paid off in 'real' money for 84 percent.

Voronin mentioned that Moldavia's debt for Russian gas supplies was $112m. Fines taken into account, this amount reaches about $500m.

According to the Moldavian leader, at today's meeting with the Russian President, they discussed the settlement of the Transdniester problem and Moldavian-Russian economic interaction. He stressed that mutual integration contributes to the growth of Moldavian economic potential. In 2002, Moldavian GDP gained 7.2 percent. The industrial growth was 11 percent; salaries advanced 33 percent. This economic growth is attributed to collaboration with Russia to a large extent, as 60 percent of Moldavian imports are to the Russian market. Among promising projects Voronin named participation of Russian capital in joint projects in Moldavia, in construction of a port at the Danube River among them.