“Today is the scheduled date of payment. Yet, there is no payment,” Sergey Kupriyanov, Gazprom board chairman’s spokesman, said in a statement, adding that the energy giant is “extremely disappointed” with Moldova’s failure to fulfill its obligations under the recently extended contract.
The deal was struck in late October following weeks of stalled talks that almost led to an energy crisis in Moldova. Eventually, the contract was extended for five years and the Russian giant started pumping gas to Moldova on November 1.
According to Kupriyanov, Gazprom sought to set “market gas price” for Moldova but eventually had to take account of a “difficult economic and financial situation” in the country as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s position. The company agreed to most Chisinau’s terms, including the discounted price, he said.
The company only demanded that Moldova pay for its current consumption in time, the spokesman added, pointing to the fact that this term was breached and that it has forced Gazprom to take such a decision.
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