Gazprom threatened to close gas supplies to Moldova in December in case of non-payment of debt

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From December 1, Gazprom intends to stop gas supplies to Moldova if the country does not pay the accumulated debts. Now the body of the debt is $ 433 million, and taking into account the delay in payments, the total amount of debt has reached $ 709 million, said Sergey Kupriyanov, an official representative of Gazprom.

According to him, the blame for the difficult situation with Russian gas supplies lies entirely with the Moldovan authorities. He stated that the country does not intend to recognize the accumulated amount of debt and rejects the proposed gas price, “although the pricing here is clear and transparent,” RIA Novosti quoted a Gazprom representative as saying.

The company is ready to extend supplies to Moldova in November if the debt for September and October is paid off. The rest of the accumulated debt will have to be paid off in full in order to conclude further contracts.

“If the payment for gas supplies is not fully paid and, accordingly, a new contract is not signed from December 1 of this year, then Gazprom will stop gas supplies to Moldova,” Kupriyanov said, noting that Moldova “provokes a crisis with its own hands.” …

The company raises questions about the authorities’ intention to liquidate the Moldova-Gaz enterprise, which has debts.

Earlier, the Prime Minister of Moldova Natalia Gavrilitsa announced her refusal to recognize the accumulated historical debt. This happened after the fruitless completion of two days of negotiations on gas with the Russian side. Russia has offered a 25% discount on the condition that Moldova repays a debt of about $ 700 million within three years. Chisinau was ready to agree to this with a 50% price reduction, RIA Novosti reported.

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On October 22, the Moldovan parliament at an extraordinary meeting voted for the introduction of a state of emergency in the country until November 20 due to a shortage of natural gas.

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