Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova Andrei Spinu: we will repay the debt to Gazprom in time Gazprom for gas on time on the air of TV channel N4. This was reported by RIA Novosti.
According to Spinu, the decision to allocate funds was made by the National Commission for Emergency Situations at the end of October. “We cannot say that we were late,” he added. At the same time, Spinu noted that the bill on debt repayment must be approved by Moldovan President Maia Sandu.
Earlier, the Moldovan parliament approved the transfer of money to Gazprom to pay the debt for gas in the amount of $ 74 million. Amendments to the law on the state budget for 2021 were adopted to effect the payment.
On November 22, Gazprom announced that it had not received payment from Moldovagaz for October and November. The Russian company warned that the debt must be paid within 48 hours, otherwise gas supplies will be suspended. Moldovagaz did not find a commercial solution to pay the debt and asked for help from the government. However, the authorities could not allocate the money until the amendments were adopted.
Moldovagaz asked Gazprom for a delay to pay the debt and promised to transfer the money until November 26. The Russian company agreed to wait. At the same time, Gazprom expects that in the future Moldova will fulfill its obligations under the contract and pay on time. The Russian supplier also noted that the Moldovan side fully recognizes the legality of Gazprom's actions.