OREANDA-NEWS  Moldova and Ukraine have informally agreed to maintain the transit of Russian gas to Transnistria after the termination of Gazprom's contract with Naftogaz, Moldovan Energy Minister Viktor Parlikov said in an interview with Bloomberg.

"According to the preliminary deal, the new route through Turkey is a viable option for delivering Russian gas to Transnistria," the minister said. He clarified that the question remains who will bear the costs and whether Gazprom will pay transit fees or refuse and stop supplies to Transnistria when the agreement expires at the end of 2025. "We will not impede this transit, because we do not want to create a crisis in the region, especially since this crisis immediately becomes a problem for the whole of Moldova," Parlikov concluded.

The head of Naftogaz of Ukraine, Alexey Chernyshov, previously stated that Ukraine is not going to extend the agreement on the transit of Russian gas to Europe, which expires at the end of 2024.