The impoverished former Soviet republic faces choice of direction. Will the Republic of Moldova be the next Ukraine?
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With great anticipation everyone expects the results of the parliamentary election in the former Soviet republic of Moldova.
The impoverished country, with around 3.5 million inhabitants must decide whether the pro-European reforms will be pursued or whether it is again approaching Russia.
After counting the first part of ballots, a leadership of the pro-Russian opposition is emerging.
The initial situation in Moldova is somewhat reminiscent of the Ukraine. As in Ukraine there also exist Transnistria – a region with pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country, willing a connection to Russia.
Moldova wants to sign the EU Association Agreement. How will Putin react? Transnistria boycotted the election.
Moldova is located between the EU-member Romania and Ukraine, and thus there is tension between Russia and the European Union.
The pro-Russian candidate claims to be afraid of being arrested by the pro-European authorities in Moldova. The appeals court had excluded his Patria party on Thursday from the parliamentary elections. The party could not race further because they get money from abroad, a statement said.
On the other hand is head of government Iurie Leanca. He said on Sunday in voting, according to agency reports: “Without Europe, Moldova can not develop.”
Moldova depends on gas supplies from Russia. Moscow let the prices rise almost to market prices. Previously prices were quite “friendly”. Because of the low wages in one of the poorest countries in Europe over 350 000 Moldovans work in Russia.
Nikolai Starikov, Policy Analytic: I would like to comment on the last but one paragraph – this is the part with “direct bending”, everything else – “value judgments.” It is said that in 1940 the Soviet Union annexed Moldavia, which was the part of Romania.”
The phrase is constructed in a special way – so that the reader thinks that Moldova has always been the part of Romania. This is an attempt to create a false impression.
The territory of modern Moldova became the part of Russia after the Russian-Turkish War of 1812. Since then, no one, not even Romania, which got independence because of the struggle Russia with the Turks, did not put this in question.
But in 1918, taking advantage of the revolution in Russia, “courageous” Romanians occupied part of Russian territory – Bessarabia. In 1940, Stalin asked it to return.
Romanians returned. Then in 1941, recaptured this territory.
By the end of World War II in 1944, everything fell right into place. In addition, Transdniestria was never under the dominion of Romania – since 1918 to 1940 it was the territory of the USSR.
The aim of the Western media is not telling the truth, but to create the right impression and opinion …