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By Martin Chomsky

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday that Moldova’s gas supply talks with other suppliers are an internal matter for that country. However, the Kremlin representative said that such gas would be more expensive than that bought from Russia.

 

This is a matter for Moldova to decide,” said Peskov, when asked about gas supplies to Chisinau. He then added that it was clear that these transactions could only be at a higher price than those discussed with the Russian side.

Peskov explained that contacts between Moldova and the Russian side are still ongoing. Gazprom’s position on supplies is balanced and justified, and from the point of view of price parameters – favourable for the Moldovan side, he assessed.

The Moldovan government said on Monday that the country had bought one million cubic metres of natural gas in Poland to diversify energy supplies. This is the first delivery of raw material to Moldova from alternative sources.

Moldova’s parliament last week ordered a state of emergency in the energy sector over the gas crisis when government negotiations on a long-term gas contract with its traditional supplier, Russia, stalled.

Indeed, a state of emergency has been called in Moldova over the gas crisis. There is a gas shortage in the country and the pressure in the transmission system is at a critical level.