Russia and Moldova intend to conclude a number of agreements to boost cooperation in solving humanitarian problems as part of a session of the intergovernmental commission underway on Tuesday. Russian Vice-Premier Alexei Gordeyev said as much when opening the session.
According to him, it is necessary to make all efforts to maintain free communication between citizens of the two countries, "to remove all barriers on this way." He made it clear that bilateral agreements in healthcare, education and tourism were at issue.
According to Gordeyev, the Russo-Moldovan intergovernmental commission has been rather efficient over the past two years. He said that agreements have been reached on delivery of Russian natural gas to Moldova and its transit via Moldovan territory and the problem has been settled of supplying Russian electricity to Moldova at privileged prices. Apart from that, the Vice-Premier added, the creation of a joint energy enterprise, Inter RAO UES Balkans, has been completed.
First deputy Prime Minister of Moldova Vasile Iovv, co-chairman of the commission, remarked that Russia and Moldova had reported a growth in trade over the past year. He added that the current potential of bilateral cooperation was not being used in full.
Putin said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents
The choice of the city of Helsinki is not incidental as the capital of Finland had hosted US-Soviet negotiations on the limitation of nuclear stockpiles in 1969