Moldova, which is facing economic and energy crises, needs financial assistance of 1.1 billion euros, said Foreign and European Integration Minister Nicu Popescu.
Due to problems with pumping gas through Ukraine, Gazprom was unable to increase fuel supplies to Moldova in November, leaving them at the level of October. Earlier, Moldovagaz announced a reduction in Russian gas supplies from November 1. Of the total amount of 5.7 million cubic meters supplied by Gazprom, Moldova will receive 3.4 million, and Transnistria – 2.3 million per day. The republic is experiencing an energy crisis due to rising energy prices. The authorities intend to reduce gas consumption in winter by at least 15%, and have also developed and submitted for discussion a plan that includes turning off street lighting, lowering the central heating temperature, transferring schoolchildren and students to distance learning. Since August, Moldovagaz has been cutting off consumers who have not paid on time for services for the supply of natural gas.
“We have a very difficult situation. We are experiencing difficulties due to the reduction in Russian gas supplies. The government is trying to find alternative supplies, but Moldova needs financial assistance of 1.1 billion euros,” Popescu said at the Paris Peace Forum.