Prime Minister of Moldova: Spinu, who signed the protocol with Gazprom, did not have the authority to do so According to the Prime Minister of Moldova, Minister Andrei Spinu, who signed the protocol on the settlement of current issues following negotiations with Gazprom, did not have the authority to do so. However, this does not invalidate the document
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Infrastructure and Regional Development of Moldova, Andrei Spinu, who participated in negotiations with Gazprom; on gas supplies, there was no authority to sign a protocol on the settlement of issues, the Prime Minister of Moldova Natalya Gavrilitsa said on the air of TV8, she was quoted by RIA Novosti.
“ The Deputy Prime Minister did not have the authority to sign such protocols, the government did not make such a decision, there is no such resolution of the Cabinet. There was no formal authority to sign this protocol '', & mdash; she said. At the same time, Gavrilitsa noted that the document does not lose its force because of this.
“For this type of documents” negotiation protocol & mdash; there is no regulation, this is not a government agreement, and therefore no special powers have been granted '', & mdash; she explained.
Moldova and Gazprom agreed to extend the gas supply contract for five years at the end of October. Then, following the negotiations of the head of Gazprom Alexey Miller, Minister Andrei Spinu and Chairman of the Board of Moldovagaz Vadim Cheban, a protocol was signed to resolve current issues in the gas sector.
The protocol, in particular, said that Moldovagaz will pay to Gazprom debt for five years. The parties must sign an agreement on this by May 1, 2022. However, before that, Moldova will conduct an independent audit of its debt. Until the signing of the agreement, the Moldovan company cannot be sanctioned and cannot be reorganized.
The debts of the Moldovan company were one of the two main stumbling blocks, due to which the parties could not extend the supply agreement for a long time , which expired at the end of September. The second controversial issue was the price of gas.
While the issue was being resolved, Gazprom stated that he would stop gas supplies, but Chisinau asked him not to do this. At the end of November, Moldova paid off its debt to a Russian company for deliveries in October and the first half of November.
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