"Transnistria's debt amounts to about 88 percent of the whole of Moldova's debt to Gazprom. Transnistria did not pay for gas in recent years. In this context, Moldovagaz, a Gazprom subsidiary in Moldova… has made a proposal to Gazprom for debt restructuring. As far as I know, the Gazprom leadership has not made any decision on this issue yet but we hope this proposal will finally be approved," Braghis said.
In February, Gazprom filed a lawsuit with the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to recover a debt from Moldovagaz for 2013 gas supplies in the amount of $562.3 million. Gazprom is the main supplier of gas to Moldova.
Transnistria, a region with a predominantly Russian and Ukrainian population, broke away from the Soviet Republic of Moldova in 1990, fearing the country might seek to reunify with neighboring Romania. The move triggered a war which ended in a ceasefire in July 1992, but the conflict has remained unresolved.
The region is now striving for international recognition, while Moldova is offering Transnistria autonomy within a unitary state.