Former President Dodon called on the Moldovan authorities to urgently start negotiations with Russia on gas


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The Moldovan authorities must urgently start negotiations with Russia on gas supplies so that the inhabitants of the republic do not have to pay for it again at inflated tariffs, said the ex-president of Moldova, the leader of the opposition Party of Socialists in the republic, Igor Dodon, on the air of the Exclusiv TV channel.

In Moldova, there is a state of emergency, declared, among other things, due to the energy crisis amid a shortage of gas and a sharp rise in the cost of energy resources. Since December last year, Moldovagaz has been receiving gas from two sources – from the state-owned Energocom and Gazprom. Russian gas is sent to Transnistria, while the rest of Moldova uses gas from accumulated reserves (more than 200 million cubic meters).

In his opinion, the upcoming winter will be easier than the last one, consumers may pay a little less for gas, but the price will still remain high, disproportionate to the standard of living of the population of the republic.

“I don’t know if there will be such high tariffs. Maybe less, because prices have fallen. Everything will depend on what happens to the European economy. they have already filled the storage facilities, the price will not be so high, that is, we have a chance, even taking into account the blocking of transit through Ukraine, to get a price lower than last winter, but in any case it will be very high. dollar) is very high for Moldova,” the politician stressed.
According to Dodon, under a different government, the gas tariff would have been in the range of 7-8 lei (45 cents) per cubic meter, and this price would have become fair for the Moldovan consumer at this stage.

Moldova is experiencing an energy crisis due to rising energy prices, gas tariffs have increased almost seven times in 2022, and almost four times for electricity. The population has increased debts for utilities. Anti-government protests are taking place against the backdrop of rising energy prices, as well as rising inflation in the country. The protesters accuse the authorities of failing to cope with the crisis, point to a record inflation over the past 20 years, which in September last year amounted to 33.97% on an annualized basis.

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