Gazprom threatens to shut down gas in Moldova

The Russian company Gazprom warned, on Monday, that it will stop the gas deliveries in the Republic of Moldova in 48 hours if the Government from Chisinau does not pay the outstanding payments, informs BFMTV.

“The deadline for making payments is Monday, November 22. Today, Gazprom, according to the terms of the contract, informed the Moldovan side that the gas deliveries to the Republic of Moldova will be interrupted in 48 hours “, said a spokesman of the company, Sergei Kuprianov, quoted by the public channel NTV.

“Gazprom is deeply disappointed that the Republic of Moldova is not fulfilling its contractual obligations,” the company representative said.

Sergei Kuprianov said that Gazprom and the Republic of Moldova would have agreed to extend the gas contract by five years, at the end of October, but on condition that the Chisinau government fully resolve the bills in time. However, complications arose in the first month of the contract extension, due to price increases made by Gazprom, which Chisinau considered incorrect.

Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavriliţă said at the end of October, according to Reuters, that Gazprom did not offer an automatic extension of the 30-year contract, but proposed three times higher tariffs. “Price increases for the Republic of Moldova are extraordinarily large. They have increased three times and will increase four times if we buy everything on the free market. The country cannot afford this from a political, economic or social point of view “, says Natalia Gavriliţă.

For his part, Josep Borrell Fontelles, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said that Russia uses natural gas resources as a tool to intimidate the Republic of Moldova. “In general terms, global price increases are not the effect of using gas resources as a weapon, but in the case of the Republic of Moldova, this is the case,” Josep Borrell Fontelles said on October 28.

“In the case of the Republic of Moldova, the political characteristics must be taken into account. It is about a drastic increase in prices, in the context of political issues, that is why our support is necessary “, said Josep Borrell Fontelles, referring to a grant of 60 million euros from the European Union for the Republic of Moldova. “The aid will reach the most vulnerable Moldovan citizens,” said Josep Borrell Fontelles.

According to Chisinau officials quoted by the Financial Times, the Kremlin-controlled Gazprom has proposed reduced natural gas tariffs to Moldova if it agrees to amend a free trade agreement with the European Union.
The Republic of Moldova has declared a state of emergency to deal with the gas crisis. Nicu Popescu, the Moldovan foreign minister, announced in October, according to the BBC, that in the context of the crisis, the Chisinau government had signed a contract with the Polish company PGNiG. “On Monday, our country made history. For the first time, the Republic of Moldova bought gas from a source other than the Russian company Gazprom “, said Nicu Popescu. The contract with the Polish company provides for the delivery of one million cubic meters of natural gas, but the Republic of Moldova will need an additional volume.


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