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Russia agrees to extend deadline for gas payments from Moldova

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Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita watches during an interview with Reuters, seeking comment on accusations that Russia is using natural gas supply contracts to pressure the pro-Western government to reject links closer to the EU, in Brussels, Belgium, October 28, 2021. REUTERS / Johanna Geron / File Photo

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CHISINAU / MOSCOW, November 24 (Reuters) – Russian gas giant Gazprom (GAZP.MM) said on Wednesday it had pledged not to stop gas exports to Moldova, which has not paid for the gas on time, expecting full payments on Friday, to avert an energy crisis in the former Soviet state, at least for now.

Bargaining over a new long-term energy supply deal between Moldova and Russia had plunged the small Eastern European country into a crisis last month that appeared to be resolved when the two sides struck a new deal. . Read more

However, on Monday Moldovagaz received a notification from Gazprom threatening to cut off the country’s gas supply within 48 hours unless Moldova pays $ 73 million for recent deliveries. Read more

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The previous contract expired in September and Russia had threatened to cut supplies, citing future prices and unpaid bills, in what the European Union and allies of Moldova’s pro-Western government have called political blackmail.

The Kremlin has denied that the Russian company is using the gas negotiations to try to get political concessions.

Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita on Wednesday urged parliament to approve budget amendments that would allow the state energy company to pay Gazprom, the parliamentary press service said in a statement.

Moldovan Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu said on Friday that the government had taken all necessary measures to guarantee the payment of the debt.

“Contractual obligations must be fulfilled,” Gazprom spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov told Reuters.

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Reporting by Alexander Tanas and Vladimir Soldatkin; written by Matthias Williams; edited by Nick Macfie

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