Moldova expects support from Romania as Gazprom could cut gas supply after October 1

The Republic of Moldova could receive natural gas from Romania if Russian supplier Gazprom stops gas deliveries to Chisinau after October 1, Moldovan President Maia Sandu told TV8 channel. She also pointed out that Transnistria could receive gas from Romania, but only if it paid for it, Radio Chisinau reported, according to News.ro.

The Moldovan gas company Moldovagaz signed a long-term contract with Gazprom last autumn, but Moldova failed to comply with a memorandum attached to it – namely that it did not carry out an independent audit on the historical debts between the two parties.

Transnistria has received Russian gas for free over the decades and owes some $7-8 billion in unpaid bills. However, the breakaway region is critical for Moldova since it provides about 70% of electricity at low prices (possible due to Russian gas received for free).

On Tuesday, Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciucă received his counterpart from the Republic of Moldova, Natalia Gavriliţa, at the Victoria Palace. On this occasion, the stage of implementation of concrete projects intended to support the Republic of Moldova was analysed, in areas such as energy and gas supply.

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