The parliament of Moldova has extended for another 60 days the state of emergency in the country, which was established against the background of the start of the war in neighboring Ukraine.
The Prime Minister of Moldova, Natalia Gavrilica, stated that energy and border security risks persist. “Dangers for Moldova remain high due to the war in Ukraine. The government needs additional powers,” said the Prime Minister.
Since Russia’s military invasion of Ukraine, Moldova, which has a population of about 2.5 million, has taken in more than half a million Ukrainian refugees.
Last fall, Moldova faced an unprecedented energy crisis on the threshold of the expiration of the contract with Gazprom. Moscow, which provides 100 percent of the country’s gas demand, immediately cut gas supplies by a third, after which the Russian company decided to significantly increase the price of gas supplied to Moldova. As a result, an unprecedented crisis was created in the country, forcing the government to introduce a state of emergency in the country.