Russia ' Weaponising' Gas Supply In Moldova Dispute, EU Says

Russia ' Weaponising' Gas Supply In Moldova Dispute, EU Says

Andrew H. Sweet

Thursday's comments by Josep Borrell came after several days of a heated dispute between Chisinau and Moscow over the energy supply issue, which initially flared up at the end of September when Moldova's contract with Russia's state-owned gas company Gazprom expired.

Until then, Russia had supplied all of Moldova's natural gas, but efforts to clinch a renewed deal fell through when Gazprom proposed a price rise and Moldova balked at paying the increased rate.

Gazprom has demanded that Moldova, one of Europe's poorest countries, settle outstanding debts of as much as $709m in the absence of a new deal. The company has warned it would cut Moldova's gas supply on December 1 if payment was not received.

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