Russia threatens to cut gas exports over Ukraine theft — RT Business News


Russian energy giant Gazprom said on Tuesday that Ukraine was diverting natural gas supplies transiting to Moldova, and the company threatened to cut deliveries through a key pipeline in response.

« The volume of gas supplied by Gazprom to the ‘Sudzha’ gas measuring station (GMS) for transit to Moldova via Ukraine exceeds the physical volume transmitted at Ukraine’s border with Moldova », Read Gazprom’s statement.

Moldova paid for some November gas supplies on Monday, according to Gazprom, which said kyiv had kept 52.52 million cubic meters of gas destined for Moldova on its territory.

The Russian energy company further warned that if the transit imbalance persists, it will start cutting gas supplies to the Sudzha GMS for transit through Ukraine from 10 a.m. (0700 GMT) on November 28. « to the amount of the daily underdelivery. »

The Sudzha transit line through Ukraine remains the only Russian gas supply route to western and central European countries after the Nord Stream network was damaged by a suspicious explosion in September.

Later Tuesday, kyiv accused Gazprom of manipulating facts. The country’s gas transmission network operator said that the entire volume of gas accepted by Ukraine at the border with Russia had been transferred to Moldova. However, some of this gas is returned to Ukraine in the form of a “virtual inverse”, said the operator.

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Meanwhile, landlocked Moldova, which recently suffered massive power cuts, appealed for international assistance as soaring energy costs and soaring inflation are expected to put enormous pressure on consumers in one of the poorest countries in Europe.

According to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this support is all the more important as Moldova faces an unprecedented energy crisis as winter approaches.

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