MOSCOW/CHISINAU, Nov 26 (Reuters) - Moldova has paid for
Russian natural gas it received in October and the first half of
November, Moldovagaz said in a statement, averting a possible
crisis over a payment dispute.
Moldovagaz said earlier this week that the Russian energy
giant Gazprom had threatened to cut off gas supplies
to the country within 48 hours unless Moldova paid for recent
deliveries. Gazprom on Wednesday agreed to postpone the
Kremlin-controlled Gazprom confirmed it had received the
money from Moldova on Friday.
"The problem has been solved," Gazprom's spokesman, Sergei
Kupriyanov, said in a statement.
Haggling over a new long-term energy supply deal between
Moldova and Russia had tipped Moldova nation into crisis last
month but appeared to be resolved when both sides struck a new
However, on Monday, Moldovagaz received a notification from
Gazprom threatening to cut off gas supplies to the country
within 48 hours unless Moldova pays $73 million for recent
To solve the debt crisis, Moldovan's parliament on Thursday
approved budget amendments that will allow the national energy
company to pay energy dues to Gazprom and avert the crisis.
(Reporting by Alexander Tanas and Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing
by Louise Heavens)