Moldova Turns to Poland for Natural Gas Amid Pressure from Gazprom

After failing to secure a new long term natural gas supply with Russia, Moldova has turned to Poland to prevent a potential gas shortage this winter. Moldova has already recevied a million cubic meters of gas from Poland, as the former Soviet Republic tries to diversify its supplies.

President of Moldova, Maia Sandu has also announced that the European Commission would pledge 60 million euros to the country to help prevent a gas shortage in winter.

Moldova had to find a way to maintain its gas supplies after its negotiations with Russia’s state-owned gas company Gazprom fell through. Russia had been the sole supplier of Moldovan natural gas until September. Moldova still negotiates with Gazprom and the company extended the contract for a month, but with a higher price of $790 per cubic meter .

Moldova’s agreement with Polish supplier PGNiG came a week after the country declared a state of emergency in the face of Gazprom’s move.

Gazprom said Moldova, Europe’s poorest country, needed to pay its debt of 610 million euros in order for a new contract to go through. It is possible that Russia tries to increase its influence on Moldova after a pro-European party came to power last July. Russia denies any political motivation to the gas dispute.

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