Putin has ‘no plans’ to meet Moldovan leadership to discuss gas, spokesperson

Russian President Vladimir Putin has no contacts with the Moldovan leadership on the issue planned so far, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov was quoted by TASS as saying.

However, according to Peskov, Moscow expects the dialogue with Chisinau on the gas issue to continue. He added that Russia’s position on the subject is utterly clear.

“The dialogue should continue somehow. All positions are clear, with the position of the Russian side, Gazprom being utterly clear, utterly simple. This is a commercial position, which includes certain discounts. That is why we hope, of course, that the conversation will continue one way or another”, he said.

As talks continue on a new agreement, Moldovagaz and Gazprom on September 30 extended the old gas supply contract until the end of October. Moldova will be importing gas at a market price of around $790 per 1,000 cubic meters this month. This contrasts with an average of $148.87 per 1,000 cubic meters paid last year.

A source close to the negotiations told TASS earlier that Friday talks on gas between Russia and Moldova amounted to nothing, due to which there are high risks that Russian gas supplies to Moldova will be fully suspended after November 1.

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