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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Moldova Gas Shortage

CHISINAU, Moldova -- A top Moldovan official flew to Moscow on Wednesday to try to convince Russia to resume natural gas supplies, as Moldovans resorted to heating food on clothing irons and cooking meals over outdoor fires.

Moldova owes Russia $7 million in unpaid bills, said Deputy Prime Minister, Valeriu Cozarciuc who was joined by Mihail Lisnic, chairman of Moldovagaz, on the trip.

Russia cut gas supplies to Moldova on Monday.

In the past, Moldova has paid off its debt with treasury bills, shares in state companies and by bartering goods, but Russia is now demanding cash payments.