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Moldova Reaches Deal With Gazprom


http://gdb.rferl.org/c6cf669d-23ba-485a-bd84-6899f5f24e11_w203.jpg --> http://gdb.rferl.org/c6cf669d-23ba-485a-bd84-6899f5f24e11_mw800_mh600.jpg Presiden Vladimir Voronin, pictured here with Russian President Putin (right), called the deal a "triumph for pragmatism" (file photo) (AFP) 16 January 2006 -- Moldova has reached a four-month deal to buy gas from Russia's state-controlled monopoly Gazprom, the Moldovan president’s office announced today.

Under the terms, Moldova is reportedly to pay $110 per 1,000 cubic meters of natural gas, up from the $80 it had been paying in 2005


Gazprom cut off gas to Moldova on 1 January, after Moldova rejected Gazprom's initial price of $160 per 1,000 cubic meters. Since then, Ukraine had been supplying neighboring Moldova from its own stocks.


President Vladimir Voronin called the agreement a triumph for pragmatism.


(AP)

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