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Moldova Wants Help From EU In Russian Gas Talks --> (RFE/RL) 16 January 2006 -- Moldova today called on the European  Union to send experts to help it in its negotiations with the Russian energy giant Gazprom, which cut off gas supplies to the former Soviet republic at the start of the month.

Eugen Carpov, head of Moldova's diplomatic mission in Brussels, also hit out at Moscow, accusing it of using Gazprom as a foreign-policy tool to influence Moldova's attitude toward the EU and NATO.

Gazprom cut off supplies to Moldova on 1 January because it refused the Russian state-controlled firm's demand that it pay double for its gas. However, the move was overshadowed by a similar crisis with Ukraine.

Talks between Gazprom and Moldova are scheduled to resume on 16 January.


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