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Russia agrees to postpone deadline for Moldova’s gas payments

CHISINAU/MOSCOW (Reuters) -Russian gas giant Gazprom said on Wednesday it has agreed not to stop gas exports to Moldova, which has failed to pay for the gas on time, expecting full payments on Friday, averting an energy crisis in the ex-Soviet state, at least for now. Haggling over a new long-term energy supply deal between Moldova and Russia had tipped the small eastern European nation into crisis last month that appeared to be resolved when both sides struck a new deal. However, on Monday, Moldovagaz received a notification from Gazprom threatening to cut off gas supplies to the country within 48 hours unless Moldova pays $73 million for recent deliveries.