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Turkmenistan 'Offers Gas Shipments to Moldova'

Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin (file photo) (RFE/RL) 3 January 2006 -- Moldova's president says Turkmenistan has offered to start negotiations about delivering gas to Moldova following Russia's decision to cut supplies to Moldova's neighbor Ukraine.

A statement from President Vladimir Voronin's office says Turkmen President Saparmurat Niyazov said Turkmenistan is willing to deliver natural gas "on a contract basis and in the necessary amount both to Ukraine and to Moldova, as well as to other countries."

Moldova has not received any Russian gas since 1 January, after state-run gas monopoly Gazprom said it would double the price it charges. Moldova said the price increase was unacceptable.

Moldova buys Russian gas through a pipeline in neighboring Ukraine, which is also embroiled in a dispute with Gazprom over prices.


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