19 April 2012
Russia’s Strategy Towards Moldova: Continuation or Change?
This commentary argues that Russia is implementing an extensive and multifaceted policy towards Moldova, aiming at a permanent change in the country’s geopolitical orientation from a pro-European to a pro-Russian direction. The revival of Russia’s activity towards Chisinau and Tiraspol is a part of the general revival of Moscow’s policy towards the CIS, which the author expects to be one of the priorities of Vladimir Putin’s third presidency. Russia expects that success in Moldova would be a sign to other post-Soviet states that the Kremlin would not accept any other choice than pro-Russian orientation on their part.
© 2012 Centre for Eastern Studies (OSW)
Adam Eberhardt, Anna Łabuszewska, Katarzyna Kazimierska