Moscow, 23 October 2021 (dpa/MIA) – The authorities in Moldova have announced a month-long state of emergency amid a serious gas supply crisis.
Of 101 lawmakers, 55 voted in favour of the measure, according to Moldpres news agency.
“A critical situation has developed in our country in the area of gas supply,” Moldovan Prime Minister said.
Moldova only has enough gas to meet 67 per cent of its needs this month. This forces the government to obtain natural gas from other sources, Gavrilita said, adding that the state of emergency was a prerequisite in order to do so.
Moldova obtains its gas through Ukraine or Romania.
Recently, a supply contract between Moldova and Russian energy giant Gazprom, which was due to expire at the end of September, was extended for a further month.
Negotiations with Gazprom are ongoing, Gavrilita said, adding that the uncertain situation had led to greater tensions in Moldova.
The drastic rise in energy prices is a source of growing concern throughout Europe.
Critics of Gazprom suspect that the energy giant is not responding to increased European demand in order to force a rapid start-up of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, of which Gazprom has a major stake.
The controversial Baltic Sea pipeline from Russia through the Baltic Sea to Germany was completed in September but has yet to receive final approval.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly promised swift deliveries of gas via Nord Stream 2 once the Baltic Sea pipeline is given the green light by Germany’s regulators.
Moscow has repeatedly denied trying to put pressure on a final approval for Nord Stream 2.