Russia attempts to use gas supply to gain concessions from Moldova

Russian state gas company Gazprom increased the price and limited the supply of gas shipped to Moldova to pressure the former Soviet republic into distancing itself from the European Union, the Financial Times reports. Gazprom raised the cost of gas deliveries to Moldova from $550 to $790 per cubic meters, while cutting its gas supply by one-third, after the two parties’ contract expired in September 2021. Gazprom told Moldovan officials that gas prices would be lowered if the country amended its tariff-free trade deal with the EU and delayed the implementation of EU rules that would increase competition in the gas market. Moldova declared a state of emergency in October, and the European Union’s top diplomat Josep Borrell accused Russia of weaponizing its gas supply. On October 28, Gazprom and Moldova announced a five-year deal that will provide the country with gas at almost half of the current market price. Moldovan President Maia Sandu subsequently declared the end of her country’s energy crisis.  

About This Incident

Threat Actors: Russia

Incident Metadata

Date: September - October 2021
Country: Moldova