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Romanian pledge to help Moldova in the face of imminent hike of Russian natural gas

President Traian Basescu on 28 December reiterated Romania’s pledge to assist Moldova with energy resources when Russia raises the price of natural gas. Basescu’s promise was made during a telephone talk with Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin. "The two sides discussed the problem of Moldova's energy security in the context of growing prices of Russian natural gas," Voronin's press service announced. Basescu initially made the promise when Voronin visited Bucharest on 10 December. Currently, Russia's natural-gas monopoly Gazprom sells Moldova natural gas for $80 per 1,000 cubic meters, but plans to raise the price to $160 per 1,000 cubic meters