MOSCOW, August 30 – PRIME. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller and Moldavian Deputy Prime Minister Spinu discussed cooperation, emphasizing the need for the Moldovan side to pay for Russian gas supplies on time, the Russian company said.
“Alexei Miller and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development of the Republic of Moldova Andrei Spinu discussed topical issues of interaction. In particular, the progress of the implementation of the protocol of October 29, 2021 to resolve current issues in the gas sector,” the message on the Telegram channel says. “Gazprom”.
“Separately, the need was emphasized for the Moldovan side to pay for further deliveries of Russian gas within the contractual terms and in full,” the company adds.
The meeting took place on August 30 via video-conferencing.
Gazprom and Moldovagaz on October 29, after lengthy negotiations, extended the gas supply contract for a period of 5 years, starting from November 1. “Gazprom” said that, taking into account the situation in Moldova, it was decided to sign the contract practically on the terms of the Moldovan side, but subject to timely 100% payment of current payments. In November, the republic had problems with the transfer of payments on time, a delay was needed. In January, “Moldovagaz” again faced difficulties in repaying the payment to “Gazprom”, the parliament introduced a state of emergency for 60 days. Sergei Kupriyanov, a spokesman for Gazprom, expressed fears that the non-payment crisis could repeat itself in the future.
In August, the company applied to Gazprom with a request to defer advance payments for August and September until the end of the year. Gazprom stated that it had exceptionally postponed the payment of the advance payment for Moldovagaz until September 1, but expects that in the future the Moldovan side will unconditionally fulfill its contractual obligations.
On August 30, Moldovagaz transferred to Gazprom the full payment for natural gas supplied in the first half of August.