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Moldovan Prime Minister expects new gas deal with Russia

Moldovan Prime Minister Vasile Tarlev said on October 26 that Chisinau planed to sign a new long-term energy deal with Russia by the end of November. Tarlev said the deal would cover a five-year period at a minumum. The tentative agreement was reached by the co-chairs of the intergovernmental Moldovan-Russian trade and economic-cooperation commission at a meeting in Chisinau. Tarlev did not specify the price, saying that the talks were ongoing. Tarlev also said that the electricity company Moldelectrica planed to review by November 1 Russian proposals to supply Moldova's domestic market and use the country for transit.