Which country is next?
Moldova: Romanian-influenced former Soviet republic
Putin needs a corridor through Moldova to Transtinia
Moldova: a peaceful and agricultural country
Great wines
The Gagauz people side with the Russians
A quiet country
Unification with Romania
A country run by a woman
Difficult to approach the European Union with Russia so close
The Moldovan army is not a serious enemy
The danger of extending the war
Will there be popular resistance in Moldova against the invasion?
Moldova has always sought a balance between West and East
But war is unpredictable
Return to Great Russia
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Which country is next?

Avril Haines, director of the United States Intelligence Agency), recently said that the war waged by Russia will be long and will affect other countries. Next on the list to be invaded, according to Avril Haines and many other analysts, is Moldova.

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Moldova: Romanian-influenced former Soviet republic

Moldova is a country bordering Ukraine, also a former Soviet republic. The capital of Moldova is Chișinău (pictured here). It was part of Romania until 1940 and the link with the Romanian culture is very intense. But why would Russian want to invade this nation?

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Putin needs a corridor through Moldova to Transtinia

Putin's idea would be to open a corridor or corridor in Moldovan territory so that his army can reach Transnistria, a pro-Russian republic that broke away from Moldova in 1990 and that can serve as a supply point for Russian troops. Transtinia carries the hammer and sickle of the former USSR on its flag, in a display of proud nostalgia for the Soviet Empire.

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Moldova: a peaceful and agricultural country

This is how Moldova (a country of barely 12 million inhabitants) would be fatally involved in the war. It is an eminently agricultural country.

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Great wines

Especially appreciated among winemakers are Moldovan wines. The Cricova area is world famous for its high-quality wine production.

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The Gagauz people side with the Russians

Within the complexity of what was the former Soviet Union, it should be noted that in Moldova there is a large ethnic community called the Gagauz, with Turkish roots but they are Orthodox Christians faithful to the Patriarch of Moscow (the controversial Kirill) and, therefore, with deep pro-Russian sympathies. They are about 200,000 in the Gagauz community and, as can be seen in the image, they have their own flag.

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A quiet country

Moldova has had a more or less placid existence (except in the early 1990s due to the Transnistrian conflict) and in this war it has limited itself to welcoming hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian refugees, joining the solidarity work of many other countries.

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Unification with Romania

There is a political and social current that advocates a unification of Moldova with Romania (in fact, there is a region called Moldova within Romania) but the reality is that this process of returning to the essence has never been seriously considered. Moldova has preferred to preserve its independence even though its flag (in the image) is practically the same as the Romanian one.

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A country run by a woman

The president of Moldova is Maia Sandu (pictured), an economist. She led a pro-European candidacy which could now be threatened by Russia.

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Difficult to approach the European Union with Russia so close

Aspirations of joining the European Union are complicated in the former Soviet republics. Moldova has a significant percentage of the population in favor of joining the European Union (as in Ukraine), but Russia does not like the idea. At the moment, the Europeanist aspiration remains in murals like the one in the image and in a very strong commercial collaboration with Europe.

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The Moldovan army is not a serious enemy

Another fact to take into account: Moldova has a meager armed forces. As an example, take the data offered by the organization GFP (Global Fire Power) on its air power: sixteen helicopters, four attack helicopters and a transport plane -that's nothing compared to the Russian military.

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The danger of extending the war

However, although the invasion of Moldova is considered very likely, Putin should think twice: extending the war to a second country could further strain Russia's relations with the world.

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Will there be popular resistance in Moldova against the invasion?

It remains to be seen what will be the reaction of the leaders and the people of Moldova in the face of an invasion. Beyond the obvious condemnation for violating its sovereignty, can there be a resistance against the invader comparable to the one that has put Russia in a tight spot in Ukraine?

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Moldova has always sought a balance between West and East

In the case of Moldova, things are likely to be easier for Russia. It is not a country with a strong military and has always carefully balanced between its European roots and its years of coexistence with Russia within the Soviet Union.

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But war is unpredictable

However, as Ukraine has shown, the development of any war is unpredictable. Sometimes, even for a military power like Russia, it is not so easy to win quickly.

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Return to Great Russia

And then there is the suspicion of that Putin intends to return Russia to its imperial borders from the Soviet Union or tsarism, absorbing republics like Moldova. But that is another story.

 

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