CHISINAU, Sep 17 – PRIME. Turkey is ready to support the Gagauz autonomy of Moldova in resolving the gas issue, Speaker of the Turkish Parliament Mustafa Sentop said during his visit to Comrat (the capital of Gagauzia).
Earlier, the head of Gagauzia, Irina Vlakh, said that Moldova may not have enough energy resources during the heating season, and the region is especially vulnerable in this regard. The authorities of the autonomy appealed to the leadership of Turkey with a request to provide the region with about 50 million cubic meters of gas this winter.
“Turkey is ready to help Gagauzia and Moldova as a whole in resolving the gas issue. We will think … There is a trans-Balkan corridor that can be used in both directions (reverse). Together, I think we can solve these problems,” said Shentop, who is quoted in Saturday edition of GagauzINFO.
The parliamentarian stressed that “the entire world community is facing serious energy problems caused by the situation in Ukraine.”
In turn, the head of the autonomy thanked the leadership of Turkey for the assistance provided.
“With the support of the Turkish authorities and personally President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, large-scale changes have taken place in Gagauzia in recent years – stadiums, hospitals, kindergartens and schools have been built and renovated. Gagauzia is very lucky that it has such a friend as the Republic of Turkey,” Vlah said. .
Gagauzia was formed in accordance with the law on its special status adopted in December 1994 by the Parliament of Moldova. This put an end to the confrontation that began in 1990, when, in the wake of the struggle for national revival, the Gagauz proclaimed their republic, and Chisinau tried to liquidate it by force. The Soviet troops then helped to avoid bloodshed. In 2014, a referendum was held in the autonomy on the definition of the country’s foreign policy, more than 98% of the participants in which spoke in favor of Moldova’s integration into the Customs Union. Chisinau did not recognize the results of the plebiscite, and criminal cases were opened against its organizers.