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Moldova PM asks parliament for urgent budget vote as Russia gas deadline looms

Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita looks on during an interview with Reuters in Brussels

CHISINAU (Reuters) – Moldovan Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita on Wednesday urged parliament to approve budget amendments that would allow the national energy company to pay energy dues to Russia’s Gazprom, the parliamentary press service said in a statement.

Moldovagaz on Monday said it received a notification from Gazprom threatening to cut off gas supplies to the country within 48 hours unless Moldova pays for recent deliveries.

Haggling over a new long-term energy supply deal between Moldova and Russia had tipped the small eastern European nation into an energy crisis last month that appeared to be resolved when both sides struck a new deal.

(Reporting by Alexander Tanas; writing by Matthias Williams)

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