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Moldova declares state of emergency over gas crisis

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Moldova’s parliament has approved a government-requested state of emergency until November 20 as it tries to ease gas shortages amid soaring world energy prices.

The eternal flame at a World War II monument in the capital Chisinau has been extinguished due to gas shortages, the defence ministry said on Friday.

The country of 2.6 million people wedged between Romania and Ukraine gets gas from Russia via its pro-Russian separatist region of Transnistria and Ukraine.

Head of Ukrainian state gas transmission operator GTSOU, Sergiy Makogon, told the Reuters news agency the supplied volumes “are only enough for 67 percent of Moldova’s needs”.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told his Moldovan counterpart in Kyiv that Ukraine would continue pumping gas to Moldova. Moldova consumes 2.8 billion cubic metres of gas per year.

Russian gas giant Gazprom has increased prices from $550 per thousand cubic metres last month to $790 this month – a level Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu said was “not justified and not realistic” for Europe’s poorest country.

“We face a critical situation,” Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita said on Friday.

She told parliament that Moldova would be seeking supplies from EU countries and thanked Romania and Ukraine for already supplying some gas.

While Gazprom and its daughter company Moldovagaz last month agreed to extend their existing contract for supplies until October 31, Gavrilita said Moldovagaz “is not keeping its word”.

The company is not providing the required volumes of natural gas, she said, with Moldova receiving a third less than usual for October.

The prime minister said Moldova and Gazprom were continuing negotiations but that the ex-Soviet country had “no confidence” in the success of the talks and “must take action” or be “left without gas”.

The month-long state of emergency gives Moldovan utility company Energocom the power to secure gas from other countries.

The country’s gas shortages come amid skyrocketing gas prices that some in Europe have blamed on Moscow not providing additional supplies to put pressure on the continent.

Some experts have said Russia has boosted prices as pressure on Moldova for electing a pro-European president in Maia Sandu last year, who has said she wants to fold the breakaway region of Transnistria back into Moldova.

Igor Dodon, the former president defeated by Sandu, called the decision to put out the eternal flame a “disgrace” and accused the current authorities of seeking to save money on “sacred values”.

The country has long been divided over closer ties with the EU or maintaining relations with Soviet-era master Moscow.

al jazeera

2 Comments on "Moldova declares state of emergency over gas crisis"

  1. Biden’s hairplug on Sat, 23rd Oct 2021 9:26 pm 

    Putin is using his mighty oil weapon. He does that to the US groupies in the EU as well. “Open up Nord Stream 2 or else”. He can always send his fuel to energy-dtarved China. It is currently only limited by transport capacity, but new pipelines are announced.

    “Russia has agreed to second gas pipeline to China, via Mongolia, says Putin“

    “Britain ‘COULD run out of gas this winter’: Billionaire industrialist Sir Jim Ratcliffe warns very cold season would shut down industry – with UK left with just TEN DAYS of supply in the bank“

    To make it worse, the EU could decide to put an export ban on EU-manufactured offshore wind farms, especially if London keeps provoking the EU over the NI-protocol. The EU is busy preparing an anti-UK trade war, with the full backing of the US. Time to throw Englandshire against the wall just to show we mean business (brutal expression borrowed from heeb fascist Michael Ledeen).

    “Every ten years or so, the United States needs to pick up some small crappy little country and throw it against the wall, just to show the world we mean business.”

    Fortunately the UK has trillions of tons of coal. Soon London could be fovered by its once famous smog and the glorious 19th century could return with a vengeance. The only difference is that London is now majority populated by scenic jihadists, who now openly strike against Tory MPs:

    “Sir David Amess: Conservative MP stabbed to death“

    The good news is that the English will have no time and resources to worry about the Germans, their favorite pasttime, they have too many foes at home:

    “English nationalism is the real threat to British unity and identity“

    In 2011, most large British cities were on fire because a “Bobby” had man-handled a darkie a little to severe, so the black mob began to riot. Small sign of things to come.

    Ah well, the EU will have little problems to at least bring Scotland and Ulster into European safety.

  2. dissident on Thu, 28th Oct 2021 9:19 am 

    They asked for it and got with the EU program to destroy all long term contracts and to transition to spot market pricing. Now they are wailing that Gazprom is calling for a blended price that comes to less than half of the spot price. What utter clowns. You wanted spot pricing but only if it was super cheap. Maybe I should go to my local merchant and demand prices that suit my fancy.

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