EU Speaker for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Peter Stano says the European Commission is ready to help Moldova overcome the energy crisis that has arisen in the country due to the gas shortage and difficult negotiations with Gazprom, Evropeyska Pravda reports.
“We take this very seriously. You know how strongly the EU is committed to developing its relations with Moldova. We took into account the statements of Gazprom on this issue,” Stano said, commenting on the energy crisis and the imposition of a state of emergency in Moldova.
According to him, the EU supports Moldova by providing all available technical and financial support to help cope with the current crisis and identify alternatives to diversify energy supplies.
“Besides, I can announce that a high-level meeting, the Moldova-EU Association Council, will take place on Thursday in Brussels. This issue (gas supply - ed.) will be discussed within the framework of this event and related events. This will be another reason to express our support for Moldova,” Stano said.
On October 22, a state of emergency was declared in Moldova due to critical gas prices. The country cannot agree with the Russian Gazprom on the price for the supply of natural gas.
The Prime Minister of Moldova said that the country would continue negotiations with Gazprom on a new gas supply contract.
On October 25, an official representative of Gazprom said that the company could completely stop gas supplies to the country if Chisinau did not pay off the debt and does not sign a new contract from December 1.
On October 25, the Moldovan government, for the first time in 30 years, bought natural gas, not from the Russian Gazprom, but signed a contract for the supply of 1 million cubic meters of gas with a Polish state-owned company.