Energy Minister of Moldova does not exclude the termination of supplies by Gazprom
The head of the Ministry of Energy of Moldova, Viktor Parlikov, believes that “Gazprom” “at a certain stage” can completely stop the supply of gas to the country, and the Moldovan government is already considering such a scenario. In his opinion, this “will force Chisinau to cope with the energy crisis in Transnistria.”
“Now all the gas that reaches the left bank of the Dniester is de facto free. The advantage of this situation is that we buy electricity at a better price than at its alternative cost,” Mr. Parlikov said on the air of the Vocea Basarabiei TV channel (quote from Interfax).
The Minister urged to take into account the consequences of the termination of the contract with Gazprom. “There will be consequences that all of us will have to endure on the right bank. 250 thousand people live on the left bank of the Dniester, most of them citizens of Moldova, they will not go to Moscow or Ukraine, we will also have to take care of them,” he added.
In June 2022, Moldovan President Maia Sandu spokethat Russia may use the gas to prevent Moldova from joining the European Union. Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Infrastructure of Moldova Andrei Spinu expressed desire to revise the terms of the contract with Gazprom. The Russian company and Moldovagaz signed a five-year contract in October 2021. In March, the price of Russian gas for Moldova decrease by $42, up to $1012.
About the situation in the republic – in the publication “Kommersant” “March, March of the left!”.