Listening to Nicholas Kristof on Morning Joe a few minutes ago, he has warned with authority that Moldova is likely next on the list of Russia’s target acquisitions. Russia isn’t finished with the Ukraine either. Kristof is a Pulitzer winning New York Times reporter, an academic scholar whose family roots began in Armenia and then Romania. His Polish name is Krzysztofowicz. In his article in the New York times a couple of days ago he said.
“Think of Moldova as “the next Ukraine,” for Russia may be about to take a bite out of this little country, nestled beside Ukraine and Romania and often said to be the poorest country in Europe. Russia already has bullied Moldova mercilessly for trying to join the European Union, imposing sanctions such as a block on Moldova’s crucial wine exports. Russia is even threatening to cut off the natural gas on which Moldovans depend.
“We hope that you will not freeze,” one senior Russian official publicly warned Moldovans.
Yet the valiant Moldovan government refuses to buckle. It is determined to join the European Union and forge bonds with the West.
“There is no alternative for us but to pursue European integration,” Prime Minister Iurie Leanca, a former diplomat, told me in perfect English in his office here in the capital, Chisinau. “We are European! No one should contest this.”
It is hard to say what Putin will do next, but it is apparent that he and the Russian government are head strong in completing their acquisition of lost Russian communities that fell off when the USSR collapsed. Russia is taking this moment of perceived weakness and their perceived strength to complete the act of consolidation.
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