One of its representatives has been quoted by Russian agents as saying that the Russian company Gosprom could suspend gas supplies to Moldova if it did not pay for Moldova’s previous deliveries or sign a contract in December.
Moldova on Friday declared a 30-day state of emergency in an attempt to guarantee cheap natural gas from Europe to the former Soviet Union after its traditional supplier Moscow raised prices.
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Gosbrom spokesman Sergei Kubrianov owes Chisinau $ 709 million (10 610 million). Moldova’s contract with Gasprom expired in September, but Sergei Kubryanov said the two sides had “met in half” and were able to extend the deal until October.
“If the tariff for gas supply is not paid in full and the contract is not signed in December, Gosprom will stop supplying gas to Moldova,” he was quoted as saying by the Interfox Press Agency.
“Unreasonable and unreliable” prices
The country, with a population of 2.6 million, is located between Romania and Ukraine and receives its gas supply from Russia via its pro-Russian separatist region of Transnistria and Ukraine.
Gazprom last month raised the price from $ 550 to $ 790 per thousand cubic meters, a step-by-step deputy prime minister Andrei Spinu from Europe to the so-called “unjust and unrealistic” poor country.
Despite the contract extension, Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita said on Friday that it was getting a third less natural gas than usual for October. “We are facing a difficult situation,” he lamented. He told parliament that Moldova would seek supplies from EU countries, thanking Romania and Ukraine for already supplying gas.
Gas shortage in Moldova Some countries have blamed Moscow for rising gas prices in Europe, failing to provide additional supplies to put pressure on the continent.
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