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Russia’s threat to cut off Moldova’s natural gas reflects small country’s diplomatic dilemma-BBC News

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Russia’s original natural gas supply contract with Moldova expires at the end of September 2021. Russia claims that the new gas supply contract has given a preferential price, but Moldova is unwilling to accept it.

Russia threatened to stop the supply of natural gas to Moldova, and the crisis highlighted the diplomatic dilemma of this small Eastern European country and the former Soviet republics in the context of energy shortages.

In October 2021, European natural gas and other energy prices generally rose sharply. When energy shortages occur in many countries, Russia stated that unless Moldova repays its debt of 700 million US dollars, it may stop gas supply from December 1.

This move immediately aroused great international attention. The United States has been accusing Russia of using energy as a geopolitical weapon against Europe that needs to use Russian petrochemical energy.

Although neighboring countries Poland and Romania have expressed support for Moldova, Poland also needs to import Russian energy.

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