Moldova Weakens Russian Gas Dependence With New Europe Pipeline
From The Moscow Times
Moldova moved closer to cutting its complete reliance on natural gas from Russia on Tuesday, with the inauguration of its first pipeline link to European Union supplies.
To curb Russia’s dominance of the European energy market, the EU has been working to diversify its own sources of gas and also those of neighboring states.
“This is a historic day. We are celebrating that Moldova will be directly connected to the EU gas market. This will enhance its energy security and reduce its dependence from the only supplier it has now,” EU Energy Commissioner GЯenther Oettinger said in a statement ahead of Tuesday’s inauguration.
EU efforts to reduce Russia’s control have soured ties between the bloc and Moscow, while tensions simmer with the former Soviet states.
A pricing dispute between gas transit nation Ukraine and Moscow in early 2009 led to severe disruption of shipments to EU consumers.
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