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Moldova pays Gazprom Sept. advance because of cutoff fears

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CHISINAU — Moldova is poised to make a fee to Gazprom for this month’s fuel provides to alleviate fears the Russian fuel big may cut back or minimize provides from Oct. 1, Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu mentioned Monday.

“Within the very subsequent few days, Moldovagaz pays Gazprom an advance within the quantity of $33.89 million for the month of September,” Spinu mentioned in remarks broadcast on Professional TV Chisinau.

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The state fuel firm has paid Gazprom for August, however a senior firm supply beforehand advised Reuters it’s struggling to make its 50% advance fee for September amounting to $33.89 million.

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One in all Europe’s poorest international locations, Moldova is reliant on Russian fuel. Hit onerous by the surge in fuel costs since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Moldova additionally has Russian troops and peacekeepers based mostly in its Transdniestria breakaway area.

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine “a particular army operation.”


Earlier, President Maia Sandu mentioned Moldova was taking a look at different power sources. “We’ve no confidence that Gazprom will proceed supplying fuel to Moldova after Oct. 1. From this date, the worth for Moldova below the present contract ought to be considerably decrease,” the pro-Western chief mentioned.

“In case provides are diminished or stopped, we’re taking a look at the potential of provides of power sources from different sources,” she mentioned.

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Spinu mentioned Moldova may not learn about a provide minimize till “the final second.” However in that occasion, he mentioned Moldova would obtain fuel at market costs by means of the Iasi-Chisinau pipeline which runs from neighboring Romania. Transdniestria would obtain fuel on advance fee from Moldova, he added.

“We aren’t nervous about October,” he mentioned, including there have been greater than 30 million cubic meters of fuel in storage services in Romania and that fuel consumption would fall in October because of a change to gasoline oil.

Spinu additionally famous {that a} mortgage from the European Financial institution for Reconstruction and Growth to purchase fuel from different sources would suffice for 170 million cubic meters of fuel.

Sandu didn’t say why Gazprom would possibly cut back or minimize provide. State-controlled Gazprom, which has diminished fuel provides to Europe since Russia invaded Ukraine in February, didn’t instantly touch upon her remarks.

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Moldova has beforehand mentioned Gazprom may minimize off fuel if one contractual situation isn’t met – completion of an audit of its amassed debt for provides estimated at $709 million.

The fuel value in Moldova fluctuates from month to month based mostly on the spot value for fuel and oil. However from Oct. 1, the components used to calculate the worth will change.

Presently, the fuel value components is 70% based mostly on the spot fuel value, which may be very excessive, and 30% on the oil value. From Oct. 1, the components will change to be 70% based mostly on the oil value and 30% on the spot fuel value.

1000’s of protesters have gathered in Chisinau over the past two weekends, demanding the resignation of Sandu and her authorities and complaining of excessive inflation and gasoline costs. (Reporting by Alexander Tanas; Writing by Tom Balmforth and Elaine Monaghan; Modifying by Timothy Heritage, Jane Merriman and Josie Kao)


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