October 6, 2008
The opposition Liberal Party has organized a demonstration against Russian troops in Moldova, which was crushed by the police. A break-away region ‘invited’ more Russian troops into the small Eastern European country. Familiar story?
Moldova (still on the map in the right hand corner) is a former Soviet republic between the European Union and Ukraine. Its Russian minority is ‘protected’ by Russian peace-keepers since 1992. The Romanian president sometimes laments on redrawing its borders, without any serious rebuff from his EU and NATO allies. It looks that something stirs here, too.
The opposition Liberals call for Moldova’s EU and NATO membership. Moldova do not possess full sovereignty over its territories. Russia has 1500 ‘peace-keeping’ troops in the breakaway province of Transnistria. It looks that the European-Russian rivalry will find a new buffer state to fight for: similarly to the South Ossetian and Abkhazian leaders, the Transdnistrian dictator has invited more Russian troops to the country.The opposition has organized a demonstration, Caravan for Russian Troop Withdrawal from Moldova, which was stopped by police forces and citizens who are said to be loyal to Russia.
Everything is ready for a civil war or another Russian military invention precisely 0 kilometers away from the EU and NATO borders. I think Vitaliy on the The 8th Circle has hit the nail on the head with the question: does the European Union have a zone of influence?Author : Dániel Antal