In the recent Presidential Elections held in Moldova, most of the Moldovan people decided to vote for a European policy and a European future. This is initially possible with the comfortable dominance of the former Prime Minister Maia Sandu, at the same time causing a humiliating defeat of the Friendly to Russia incumbent President of Moldova Igor Dodon.
Maia Sandu’s party belongs to the ranks of the European People’s Party (EPP). Moldova is an extremely poor country, which has been abandoned by a third of its inhabitants. Parliament is still controlled by forces friendly to Russia.
But the country’s economy is moving towards greater cooperation with the European economy and less with Russia. But if Moldova is not relieved of the state corruption that is eroding democratic institutions and the rule of law, it will be difficult to progress.
The result of the recent elections shows that the majority of the country’s citizens have understood that if there is strong Russian influence in the country, problems are constantly being created.
Moldova is in a better position in terms of the support it receives from the EU than Belarus. For its part, the EU is incredibly careful in its support not to create the image that it is trying to call into question Russia’s influence as it did in Belarus.
Both Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova are considered by Russia to belong to its own sphere of geopolitical influence.
That is why the EU is very cautious because of Ukraine’s precedent, where the abrupt and very ugly shift to the EU from Ukraine was punished by Russia through the annexation of Crimea and the start of war between Russian-backed separatists and the Ukrainian army in Eastern Ukraine.
In no way does the EU want the question to be put on the table in these three countries either with the EU or with Russia. Otherwise Belarus will find itself in Ukraine’s place.
But the peoples of Moldova and Belarus have realised that closer cooperation with the EU guarantees its social and economic prosperity.
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