Moldova says Gazprom not behaving like serious partner, cites supply cuts

CHISINAU, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The pro-Western Moldovan government complained on Friday that Russia’s Gazprom GAZP.MM was not behaving like a serious partner, given its refusal to tell Chisinau how much natural gas it would he would supply in November.

One of the poorest countries in Europe, Moldova depends on Russian gas and has been hit hard by a price spike since Russia invaded Ukraine. Moldova’s contract with Gazprom fluctuates from month to month depending on the spot market price of gas and oil.

Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu said he asked Elena Burmistrova, director of Gazprom Export, how much gas Moldova would receive in November and she replied “We’ll see”.

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Gazprom has already cut October supplies by 30% and said it could cut gas completely unless Moldova pays all its debts to the company.

“Gazprom says it’s a serious partner, but serious partners don’t behave the way it behaves towards Moldova,” Spinu told online news service NewsMaker.

“I don’t understand Gazprom’s motives for cutting the gas supply. We have a contract and we are ready to pay for the gas,” he said.

The pro-Moscow Moldovan breakaway region of Transnistria earlier announced emergency measures to limit gas consumption, fearing Gazprom could cut supplies.

Transdniestrian leaders say they have been told by Gazprom that it will cut supplies by 40% in November.

The Moldovan government is concerned about stability in Transnistria, an unrecognized strip of land where Russian troops are based.

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Reporting by Alexander Tanas, editing by David Ljunggren and Alistair Bell

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