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Moldovan PM: Chisinau Will Not Take Sides In Gas Dispute

Moldovan Prime Minister Zinaida Greceanai
CHISINAU -- Moldovan Prime Minister Zinaida Greceanai said her country will not take sides in the current dispute between Russia and Ukraine over the transit of gas to Europe, RFE/RL's Moldovan Service reports.

Greceanai, who was in Moscow on January 14 with the Slovak and Bulgarian prime ministers, said, "It is [Moscow and Kyiv's bilateral] problem and they should solve it."

All three countries are totally dependent on Russian gas. Gazprom stopped sending gas to Moldova and the Balkans on January 7.

Since then, Moldova has received some gas from Ukrainian reserves through a different pipeline than that used by Russia.

Moldova's separatist Transdniester region has been hit the hardest by the Russia-Ukraine dispute, because it has not received any Ukrainian gas.

Schools and many factories are closed in the breakaway republic, and hospitals have started sending patients home early.