Moldovan President Maia Sandu said that the republic is pleased with the signed contract with Gazprom for the supply of gas. She spoke about this in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper, published on Monday.

According to her, in Moldova there will be gas after November 1, and this is already very good. Sandu noted that the increase in tariffs is planned, but not as large as it could be if they bought today at the market price.

On October 29, the leaders of Gazprom and Moldova agreed on the terms of the gas supply contract, as well as the scheme for repaying the country's debt. As Gazprom informed, the contract was extended from November 1, 2021 for a period of five years. Earlier, the official representative of Gazprom, Sergey Kupriyanov, reported that at present, the body of Moldova's debt to the company is $ 433 million, and taking into account the delay in payments, the total amount of debt reaches $ 709 million.

Meanwhile, there was a gas shortage in the republic, since the contract with Gazprom expired at the end of September. Some of the Moldovan enterprises were converted to fuel oil, an emergency regime was introduced in the country and a search for alternative gas suppliers began. During the talks, the parties extended the current agreement until the end of October. In that month, the republic imported gas at the market price - about $ 790 per 1,000 cubic meters. m. Last year, the country paid an average of $ 148 for the same volume.