The company “Gazprom” notified Moldova of the possible termination of gas supplies in 48 hours, as the country did not pay the payment under the current contract. This was announced on Monday, November 22, by the official representative of Gazprom, Sergei Kupriyanov.
According to him, the supply contract was concluded on the terms of the Moldovan side, with the exception of one condition – full payment by Moldova of all current payments for gas.
“The next deadline for current payments is today, November 22 of this year. In this regard, today Gazprom (MOEX: GAZP), in accordance with the contract, notified the Moldovan side that in 48 hours gas supplies to Moldova will be stopped, ”Kupriyanov said.
At the same time, he stressed that Gazprom “is extremely disappointed with the failure of Chisinau to fulfill its contractual obligations.”
Moldova and Gazprom have been negotiating gas supplies for a long time, Kupriyanov said. The Russian company first formed the terms of the contract in accordance with market prices, and then was ready to make concessions in connection with the difficult economic situation in Moldova and the position of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
According to the head of Moldovagaz, Vadim Cheban, the company turned to the National Commission for Emergency Situations and the government to receive assistance in the form of a loan of about $ 74 million.
On November 10, at a press conference in Chisinau, the head of Moldovagaz, Vadim Ceban, said that the price of gas supplied by Gazprom for Chisinau in December could drop to $ 430 per 1,000 cubic meters. m from $ 450 in November. It was reported earlier that the new tariff for natural gas to Moldova for end consumers has doubled.
On November 1, it became known about the start of gas supplies to Moldova under a new contract with the Russian gas holding. Moldovan President Maia Sandu said that the country is satisfied with the extension of the contract and the gas crisis in Chisinau ended with the signing of the agreement.
On October 29, Moldova agreed with Gazprom to extend the term of the contract for the supply of Russian gas to the country for five years. The Russian company called the agreement mutually beneficial.
During the Russian-Moldovan gas talks on October 22, the Russian side offered a 25% discount. The condition for receiving it was a promise to Moldova within three years to return the debt accumulated over previous years – about $ 700 million. According to the new contract, the republic will pay this debt. At the same time, the fuel that was supplied to Transnistria was not taken into account in these payments.