Norwegians and British will audit Moldova’s debt to Gazprom

The audit will be conducted by two companies — Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma AS from Norway and Forensic Risk Alliance & Co from the UK. “Gazprom” estimates the debt of “Moldovagaz” at $709 million. Chisinau does not agree with this amount 673w” type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi) ” >< source srcset=" 800w" type="image/webp" media="(max-width: 400px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 400px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >< source srcset=" 1200w" type="image/webp" media="(-webkit-min-device -pixel-ratio: 2), (min-resolution: 192dpi)" >

Moldova signed an agreement on an independent audit of the debt of “Moldovagaz” before “Gazprom” with the Norwegian company Wikborg Rein Advokatfirma AS and the British Forensic Risk Alliance & Co, said Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Spinu on his Telegram channel.

According to him, the companies pledged to audit the debt for Russian gas supplied to Moldova by January 30, 2023.

Moldova and Gazprom in October 2021, the contract for the supply of Russian gas was extended for five years. According to its terms, Chisinau must conduct an audit of the debt and repay the debts. “Gazprom” evaluates the debt of “Moldovagaz” at $709 million, including late payments. Chisinau does not agree with this amount and intends to conduct an audit.

Initially, the Moldovan authorities planned to reach the signing of an agreement on the settlement of the debt by May. In January, they placed an application to search for a company to conduct an audit, but the tender ultimately failed: no one applied for participation in the competition against the backdrop of the events in Ukraine, Chisinau reported.

The contract with Moldova was also concluded subject to full payment of current payments. On the eve of “Moldovagaz” said that he would not be able to pay Gazprom advance payment for August due to lack of funds. The company asked for a delay in payment, but has not yet received a response, said the chairman of the board of Moldovagaz; Vadim Cheban.

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