State of emergency introduced in Moldova due to energy crisis
The Moldovan parliament approved the introduction of a state of emergency in the country due to the energy crisis, Moldpres reports.
Prime Minister Natalya Gavrilitsa, speaking to parliament members, explained that the state of emergency is “a technical solution that will allow, in the event of an emergency, to purchase the required volume of natural gas from alternative sources.”
The state of emergency is introduced for a period of 30 days. At the same time, the state of emergency will not affect the conduct of local elections scheduled for November 21, the deputies adopted the corresponding amendment.
Moldova and Gazprom have not yet been able to agree on new conditions for the supply of Russian gas to the republic. Because of this, the Moldovan Prime Minister announced, in October, Russia imported less than a third of the required volumes of gas.
Until the end of October, while negotiations are underway, Moldova buys gas at a market price of $ 790 per 1,000 cubic meters. The republic hopes to come to an agreement with Gazprom on a price of $ 200-300 per thousand cubic meters. In return, Chisinau proposes to discuss the repayment of historical debts, as well as postpone the implementation of the provisions of the EU’s Third Energy Package, which affects Gazprom’s investments in Moldova, writes TASS .
In 2020, Moldova bought Russian gas at $ 148.87 per thousand cubic meters.