Moldova: gas tariffs rise by 27%
To reflect the rocketing cost of supplies since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February, Moldova's gas regulator raised household tariffs by 27% to 29.27 Moldovan lei ($1.51) per cubic meter.
High inflation and fuel bills caused street protests demanding the resignation of Moldova's pro-Western President Maia Sandu, who was elected in 2020 and is pushing for her country's membership of the European Union.
As one of Europe's poorest countries, Moldova relies heavily on Russian energy and has tried to diversify its suppliers after wrangling with Russia's Gazprom over pricing and fearing a supply cut-off. The protesters accused Sandu of failing to negotiate a more reasonable gas price with Moscow.
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