In the dispute over gas prices, the Russian Gazprom group is threatening the Republic of Moldova with a delivery stop in the middle of the heating season. If a new supply contract is not signed by December 1, exports to the Eastern European country will cease, Gazprom said today to the Interfax news agency.
The government of Moldova and the Russian group are negotiating an extension of the contract, which expired at the end of September, but have not yet been able to agree on the terms.
The country located between the EU member Romania and Ukraine had declared a state of emergency because of this. The move is intended to enable the former Soviet republic to purchase gas with additional funds under a simplified system in view of the massively increased prices worldwide. From the parliamentary elections in July, the western-oriented PAS party led by President Maia Sandu emerged stronger. The PAS politician Natalia Gavrilita became Prime Minister.