Russia threatens to cut natural gas supply to Moldova through Ukraine

Russia announced yesterday (22nd) that it would reduce the amount of natural gas supplied to Moldova through Ukraine.

The Russian state energy company Gazprom tweeted that day that “the imbalance observed in the distribution of gas to Moldovan consumers throughout Ukraine continues”.

“If this imbalance continues, Gazprom will start reducing natural gas supplies through Ukraine from 10:00 am on the 28th,” he said.

In response, a Ukrainian representative refuted that all the goods sent by Russia through Ukraine were “completely transferred” to Moldova.

“This is not the first time that Russia has used gas as a tool of political pressure,” he said.

Russia sends natural gas to Europe through four routes: Ukraine, Germany, Turkey, and Belarus. At the moment, only routes through Ukraine and Turkey are in operation.

Gazprom’s announcement comes as the G7 and the European Union reached an agreement on a price ceiling for Russian crude oil as early as today (23rd).

VOA News

* This article referred to AP.

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