Moldova is among the most vulnerable countries in the world in terms of energy security, with protracted conflicts in Transdniester and Ukraine potentially putting it in a perilous position, an expert on the region says.
Lyndon Allin, an associate at Baker McKenzie, told a conference on July 13 that of total energy consumption in the former Soviet republic, 98 percent is imported, most of it from Russia, and the imports are transported through the breakaway Moldovan region of Transdniester
Of Moldova’s electricity usage, 70 percent is generated in Transdniester, said Allin, who served with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s mission to Moldova.
“That’s quite some challenge for the folks in Chisinau to ensure that they’re able to keep the gas fired and keep the lights on,” he said.
Transdniester is a breakaway area that is not under the control of the Chisinau authorities. It declared independence in 1992 and has received economic, political, and military support from Moscow ever since.
Allin, speaking at the Energy (In)security In Russia’s Periphery conference sponsored by the U.S. Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, cited statistics placing Moldova as the ninth-most-risky country in terms of short-term energy security.
He said Moldova was heavily reliant on Russian natural-gas giant Gazprom, which sends its supplies through Transdniester.
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