Chisinau and Kyiv are plotting their escape from Russia’s energy grasp, but progress on securing supplies via Romania is slow.
After Moldova’s constitutional crisis was unexpectedly resolved, there is an opportunity to introduce genuine democratic reforms in a post-Soviet state whose institutions have been held captive by oligarch rule.
The new pro-Russian, pro-EU, government under Maia Sandu is still enjoying its initial honeymoon period - but the conflicting agendas of its partner parties will soon put its stability under strain, experts say.
Amid claims from Russia that Ukraine has denied exit from or entry in Moldova’s separatist region of Transnistria for Russian citizens, the European Union Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) has issued a statement with regard to this issue.
Transnistria following Crimea wishes to join Russia and suggests extending the grounds of new territories annexation
In Moldova, began an active struggle for change integration vector with the EU's customs union .
Moldova expects to become the frontrunner of the EU's Eastern partner states vying for visa liberalisation with the 28-country bloc, if it signs its mooted association agreement at a 28-29 November summit in Vilnius, Moldova’s Foreign and European Integration Minister Natalia Gherman told EurActiv Slovakia in an exclusive interview.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with the Prime Minister of Moldova, Iurie Leancă. The meeting focused on preparations for the upcoming Vilnius Summit to be held in November, as well as Moldova's progress in implementing reforms. An EU association agreement is expected to be initialed with Moldova at the summit.
Energy experts believe that Russian Deputy Premier Dmitry Rogozin’s speech delivered in Chisinau on Monday proves once again that Moldova has chosen the right path, Russia seeming disturbed by country’s moves towards the European Union.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin has warned Moldova that signing an association agreement with the European Union would have “serious consequences” for the country’s future, echoing similar threats levelled at Ukraine.