Romania will appeal to EU for help following Moldova gas crisis – Minister of Foreign Affairs
Romania will raise the issue of the gas crisis in Moldova and ask the European Union for help in resolving it at the meeting of EU foreign ministers, Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan said on Monday Aurescu
CHISINAU (UrduPoint News / Sputnik – October 18, 2021) Romania to raise the issue of Moldova’s gas crisis and ask the European Union to help resolve it at EU foreign ministers meeting Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu said on Monday.
Moldova declared a state of alert in early October in anticipation of a state of emergency due to fuel shortages as the country’s gas consumption exceeded supplies.
“I will also inform my colleagues about the gas supply crisis in Moldova, this is a critical moment for the government of Chisinau. I will ask my colleagues and the European institutions to provide expert and financial assistance to resolve this crisis in order to help Chisinau, “Aurescu said upon his arrival at the ministerial meeting today.
The current gas crisis could negatively affect the reform program that the new Moldovan government has planned, he added.
Last summer, Moldovagaz began negotiations with Russian gas giant Gazprom to secure a three-year contract for the supply of natural gas, but the process is still ongoing. Prior to October 1, Moldova purchased gas from Gazprom under an agreement signed in 2008, which stipulates that prices are formed based on oil prices on world markets.
On October 1, Gazprom extended its permanent gas supply contract with Moldova by one month, with prices climbing to $ 790 per 1,000 cubic meters. However, faced with shortages, Chisinau said it was considering purchasing additional gas from Romania and Ukraine.