Moldovan President Igor Dodon, has made a scandalous statement in Moscow. He has recognized Transnistria's debts for natural gas as "total debt of Moldova" to the Russian company "Gazprom" in the amount of 6.5 billion dollars.
According to Infotag, the statement was made during his meeting in Moscow with the representatives of the Russian government.
The President also said that Chisinau would "examine the possible options for paying the debt to" Gazprom ", which is about 500 million dollars.
"We have some ideas how to get out of this situation. The country’s debt is about 500 mln. USD, and Transnistria’s debt - about 6 billion dollars. We must understand that this debt - over $ 6.5 billion - is the total debt of Moldova ", said Dodon, quoted by Infotag.
According to Dodon, "Gazprom" is not dividing the debt into Transnistria’s and Moldova’s debt.
“Regarding the debt of the right bank of Nistru: we have discussed different sources to cover this debt in 2008, and we will revise that scheme. It is part of the assets under the management of the company "Moldovagaz" but they are not included in the capital of this company, “ said President who believes that, at the moment, Moldova cannot solve the Transnistria’s debt problem.
"This issue must be examined in the context of the Transnistrian settlement" Infotag quoted Dodon.
The source adds that "Gazprom" owns 50% plus one share of the joint venture "Moldovagaz".
Previously, the portal Rise Moldova published an investigation, presenting confidential contracts for the purchase of Russian gas, signed by the leadership of Gazprom and Moldovagaz. The investigation stated that a problem with one of these contracts is that the legal responsibility for non-payment of gas on the left bank of Nistru, is transferring it to Moldovagaz. This allows Tiraspol authorities to claim that they have no debts to Gazprom.
The contract had been negotiated by the current MP and Chairman of SPRM, Zinaida Greceanii, who was part of the delegation accompanying Dodon in Moscow.