Recently Russia’s deputy prime minister had these ominous words for a country considering increasing ties to Europe:
“Moldova’s train en route to Europe would lose its wagons in Transnistria,” Rogozin said during a press conference in the capital, Chişinău. Then he reminded his audience about how Moldova is completely dependent on Russia for its energy. “Energy is important,” Rogozin said. “The cold season is near. Winter is on its way. We hope that you will not freeze this winter.”
Ambassador Munteanu will speak at the Kennedy Center on 10/19 on this and other challenges facing his country–issues that are also relevant for Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine–and will shape the future of the region.
Numerous concerns exist, and the Ambassador commented in an interview about his greatest long-term issue:
I am personally worried about the growing insecurities of the modern world, including terrorism, large income inequalities around the world, and other societal dangers. I am equally concerned by the chronic inability of some international organizations to respond adequately to emerging threats posted by non-state actors. An example of this would be the case of the separatist regime in Transnistria, which is heavily sponsored by Russia, who pays the bills of its illegal administration. They have generously equipped Transnistria’s military with serious war craft, used to blackmail constitutional authorities of Moldova and influence its foreign policy trajectory. I share the ideal of a war-free world, where small states like Moldova can work together to achieve mutual peace, long-term economic prosperity, and moral ends. I believe Moldova can achieve this cooperation with a stronger and more explicit framework of engagement with Western organizations and states, where our national heritage can be freely expressed and protected.
Another candidate for the EU AA agreement, Ukraine, has a difficult path forward, as well. The NYT reports that “Under the agreement, Yulia V. Tymoshenko would be pardoned by her rival, President Viktor F. Yanukovich, in exchange for a commitment from her to leave the country.”