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Daily news – February 3, 2022 a.m.

AFRICA Artificial intelligence creeps on to the African Battlefield. Nathaniel Allen, Marian “Ify” Okpali, Brookings: Even as the world’s leading militaries race to adopt artificial intelligence in anticipation of future great power war, security forces in one of the world’s most conflict-prone regions are opting for a more measured approach. In Africa, AI is gradually making its […]

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Moldova Pays Gazprom December Gas Bill, Asks For January Extension (RFE RL)

Moldova’s gas distribution company, Moldovagaz, says it has paid Russian state-owned gas giant Gazprom for natural gas supplied in December as the country struggles to pay for higher energy prices. Moldova Pays Gazprom December Gas Bill, Asks For January Extension (rferl.org)

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There are no conditions for Maia Sandu’s visit to Russia yet – Russian diplomat (TASS)

There are no conditions for the visit of Moldovan President Maia Sandu to Russia yet, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrey Rudenko said in an interview with TASS. There are no conditions for Maia Sandu’s visit to Russia yet – Russian diplomat – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

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Moldova Calls Russian Envoy’s Presence At Transdniester Inauguration ‘Unfriendly Action’ (RFE RL)

The government of Moldova has criticized Russia’s ambassador for attending the inauguration ceremony of the de facto president of the breakaway Moldovan region of Transdniester. Moldova Calls Russian Envoy’s Presence At Transdniester Inauguration ‘Unfriendly Action’ (rferl.org)

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Moldova Uniquely Vulnerable to Russian Energy Servitude (Part Two) (Vladimir Socor, The Jamestown Foundation)

Moldova’s natural gas market has become physically accessible to non-Russian gas suppliers through the Romania-Moldova interconnector, the Iasi–Ungheni–Chisinau pipeline. Built and operated by Romanian Transgaz and declared operational as of October this year after long delays, the interconnector has a design capacity of 1.5 billion cubic meters (bcm) per year—more than sufficient to meet right-bank […]

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Moldova’s Gas Crisis and Its Lessons for Europe (Katja Yafimava, Carnegie Moscow Center)

Moldova’s recent gas crisis, which left supplies in jeopardy for several weeks ahead of the winter until a new contract was agreed with Russia’s Gazprom to replace an expiring one, came as a surprise for many observers. Yet several unresolved issues had marred the Moldova-Russia gas relationship, notably accumulated debt, which played a major role […]

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How Long Will the Russia–Moldova Gas Truce Last? (Stanislav Secrieru, Carnegie Moscow Center)

The latest round in the gas battle between Russia and Moldova appears to be at an end. At the eleventh hour, the two sides signed a protocol and a new contract that will see Russia’s Gazprom continue to supply Moldova with gas for another five years. Yet if the post-Soviet history of relations between the two countries […]

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Unfortunate but Inevitable: Moldova’s Gas Supply Agreement With the Kremlin and Gazprom (Vladimir Socor, The Jamestown Foundation)

On October 29, Moscow and Chisinau agreed on a conditional resumption of Russian natural gas supplies to Moldova as of October 30. The Russian side had curtailed gas supplies to Moldova by one third in October, and threatened to discontinue the supplies altogether by December 1 (see EDM, October 28), compelling Moldova to accept Russia’s conditions […]

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Russian Gazprom Ready to Pounce on Moldovan Prey (Part Two) (Vladimir Socor, The Jamestown Foundation)

Four rounds of Russian-Moldovan negotiations in October over natural gas supplies have revealed the two sides’ conflicting positions (see Part One). The Russians propose signing a gas supply contract with Moldovagaz for the month of November, at the spot market price of $1,000 per one thousand cubic meters (no public information about the volume) and, in […]

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Russian Gazprom Ready to Pounce on Moldovan Prey (Part One) (Vladimir Socor, The Jamestown Foundation)

Using Gazprom as its political instrument, the Kremlin threatens to halt natural gas supplies to Moldova temporarily on November 1, and indefinitely from December 1, unless Moldova accepts Russia’s financial and political conditions for continuing gas deliveries (see below). Dmitry Kozak, the deputy head of Russia’s Presidential Administration, directly participates in the gas negotiations with […]

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Russia ‘weaponising’ gas supply in Moldova dispute, EU says (Al Jazeera)

The European Union’s top diplomat has accused Russia of using natural gas to bully neighbouring Moldova in remarks that are likely to worsen simmering tensions between Moscow and the bloc. Thursday’s comments by Josep Borrell came after several days of heated dispute between Chisinau and Moscow over the energy supply issue, which initially flared up at the […]

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Moldova Buys Gas From Poland Amid Gas Shortage (RFE RL)

Moldova’s government says it has bought a million cubic meters of natural gas from Poland after Chisinau failed to agree on a new energy deal with traditional supplier Russia. “A contract was signed for a trial purchase of one million cubic meters of natural gas between the state-owned company Energocom and the Polish company PGNiG,” the government […]