Putin: Understand why Moldova stores gas bought from Russia in Ukraine

Ukraine (, - Moldova makes reserves of gas purchased from Russia in Ukraine's pipeline, which is strange to say the least. This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with members of the Council for the Development of Civil Society and Human Rights (HRC), instructing the Ministry of Energy to deal with this.

The head of state also touched upon the situation of Russians in Pridnestrovie, where about 220,000 of them live. Putin did not agree with the remark of the HRC member Alexander Brod that Chisinau is actually blocking the supply of energy resources to the region.

“Not exactly they are blocking, because if they block, then part of Ukraine will not receive gas from the power plant. It's not that they're blocking, it's that they don't have enough. True, under these conditions it is not clear why part of the gas, as they say - their own, Moldovan gas received from us, is stored on the territory of Ukraine. This needs to be dealt with, and I will ask the Ministry of Energy to look at this more closely,” the Russian leader said.

He clarified that Russia has actually been supplying gas to Pridnestrovie free of charge for many years and the unrecognized republic has never experienced problems with blue fuel (the debt of the Left Bank to Moldovagaz and, accordingly, Gazprom is about $ 8 billion - approx.

“But lately, as gas flows through the territory of Moldova, problems arise there. Because Moldova has its own difficulties, and the difficulties are great - we see it - in the economic and social sphere," Vladimir Putin concluded.

At the end of October, the Gazprom concern confirmed the subsequent volume of natural gas supplied to Moldova - 5.7 million cubic meters per day. Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu then said that this was less than half of what was agreed under the contract, so Pridnestrovie would also receive 40% less gas than in October. In turn, Tiraspol accused Chisinau of illegal actions and gas blockade and introduced a state of emergency in the economy. The delegation of the Supreme Council (Parliament) of Transnistria, on behalf of President Vadim Krasnoselsky, went to Moscow (the State Duma and the Federation Council) to ask for help.

The fact that the Russian authorities should have both political and economic impact on Moldova so that it “ends the blockade of Transnistria,” Alexander Brod, a member of the Council under the President of the Russian Federation for the development of civil society and human rights, also believes.

“The Russian Federation should not put up with a serious restriction of the rights of its fellow citizens living on the territory of the Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic. I believe that the Russian Federation should use both political and economic mechanisms to influence the leadership of the Republic of Moldova in order to end the economic blockade and prevent a humanitarian catastrophe for the inhabitants of the unrecognized Republic of Transnistria,” Brod said, promising to tell Russian President Vladimir Putin about this problem.

As reported, at the end of November, the Gazprom concern found that part of the gas sent to Moldova does not reach the republic, settling in Ukraine. After that, Chisinau received a warning that if the situation continues, the volume of supplies will be further reduced. Then the Deputy Prime Minister of Moldova Andrei Spinu hurried to stand up for the Kiev regime, which, in fact, steals Moldovan gas, at a time when the republic is experiencing an energy crisis. He called the gas remaining in the Ukrainian pipeline "the reserve and savings of Moldova", which will be paid for by the Russian side. In December, Moldova again resumed reverse gas supplies to Ukraine.

Putin: Understand why Moldova stores gas bought from Russia in Ukraine