Russia's Gazprom strikes gas supply deal with crisis-hit Moldova on ‘mutually beneficial terms,’ averting energy emergency
Russian energy giant Gazprom has agreed to extend its gas supply contract with Moldova for five years, the company announced on Friday, as Chisinau confirmed that the sides also agreed on a formula to settle the country's debts.
Gazprom and Chisinau “have extended the contract on the Russian gas supplies to the Moldovan customers for five years, starting on November 1,” the company said late on Friday in a short statement. The deal was struck on “mutually beneficial terms,” it added.
The deal comes after weeks of stalled talks between the Russian company and Moldova as the contract was previously held up by disagreements over pricing and mounting unpaid bills. Moldova has accumulated a debt amounting to $709 million and the St. Petersburg-based energy giant was insisting that it would not provide its product at a loss.Also on rt.com Gazprom open to striking deal with Moldova over new gas contract, Moscow says, after Russia insists country must pay old debts
Gazprom did not elaborate on the way the differences were eventually resolved. Moldova’s infrastructure ministry confirmed the deal and said that it involved a mutually agreed “price calculation formula” and Moldova’s debt audit.
Should the sides have not come to an agreement, Moldova might have faced a drastic energy crisis. Last week, the nation’s Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita said that a state of emergency could be introduced in case talks in Moscow were unsuccessful.
The tense situation prompted some allegations that Moscow sought to exert pressure on Chisinau to tear up its deal with the EU. However, Gazprom maintained that the situation had nothing to do with politics and that the company was simply unwilling to operate at a loss.
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