About: Transnistria

Hopko: Russia is killing the Minsk Agreement every day

A summit between Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany is expected to take place within days in an effort to settle the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. But such a summit is pointless, especially when Putin will play his role of 'нас тут нет' (we are not here), says Hanna Hopko.
Europe's East 17-07-2019

Moldova FM: We want to move as quickly as possible on EU accession

There is a high consensus in Moldova that we want good relations with Brussels and Moscow, but we have no alternative to strong pro-European integration, Moldova's new foreign minister, Nicu Popescu, told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 22-02-2019

In Moldova, voters choose between Russia and Europe

Voters in Moldova head to the polls on Sunday (24 February) for a parliamentary election reflecting the tiny ex-Soviet republic's long-standing division between pro-Russians and pro-Europeans.
Europe's East 28-02-2018

Foreign Minister: Moldova wants normal economic relations with Russia

EXCLUSIVE / In a wide-ranging interview, the minister of foreign affairs and European integration of Moldova, Tudor Ulianovschi, talks about his country's relations with the EU and Moscow, the political situation ahead of crucial elections, and the prospects for frozen conflicts in Transnistria as well as other issues.
Politics 15-12-2017

Analyst: Most EU states sit on fence when it comes to frozen conflicts

EURACTIV.com asked Amanda Paul to comment on the annual report on common foreign and security policy adopted by the European Parliament on 12 December, with reference to the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries.
Europe's East 23-11-2017

Moldovan PM: The time of frozen conflicts has passed

The Prime Minister of Moldova Pavel Filip told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview that there are good prospects for finding a solution to the Transnistria conflict, one of the post-Soviet frozen conflicts which have caused enormous harm to the region's populations.
Central Asia 02-11-2017

Kazakhstan hosts Jordan king in flurry of diplomatic activity

A flurry of diplomatic activity continued in Astana on Wednesday (1 November), marked by the visit of the King of Jordan, Abdullah II, who was awarded a prize for fighting against nuclear proliferation.
Europe's East 23-02-2017

Transnistria’s economic woes present Moldova with opportunity

Moldovan media reports that the country could take advantage of Transnistria’s uncertain future and bring the disputed territory back under its control. But Chișinău insists that it would rather remain neutral. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Moldova balks at idea of closer NATO ties

Pro-Russian President of Moldova Igor Dodon yesterday (7 February) warned NATO that the closer ties it seeks with his strategically placed country could undermine its neutrality and threaten its security.
Armenia 21-11-2016

For Russia, some conflicts are colder than ever

The breakaway strategy should be understood as part of Russia's broader efforts to keep its sphere of influence in the former Soviet periphery intact so as to buffer against foreign rivals, writes Eugene Chausovsky.
Brexit 29-06-2016

Moldova’s foreign minister: We have been dubbed a ‘last chance government’

The new government has a clear road map of what it has to do, developed together with its EU partners, Andrei Galbur, Deputy Prime-Minister, and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, told EURACTIV.com in an exclusive interview.
Europe's East 21-01-2016

Protestors break into Parliament, as Moldova’s new pro-EU government is approved

Moldovan lawmakers approved a new government yesterday (20 January), headed by a pro-European premier, amid chaotic scenes, as angry protesters entered parliament and opposition legislators tried to block the vote.
Elections 23-09-2015

Former PM: Early elections would be ‘a catastrophe’ for Moldova

EXCLUSIVE/ Early elections would only profit the pro-Russian forces, former Prime Minister Vlad Filat told EURACTIV, as tens of thousands of Moldovans are protesting in Chisinau, demanding the resignation of the president, and early elections, over a $1 billion bank fraud that has hit living standards. 
Europe's East 29-06-2015

Pro-EU candidate wins Chisinau election

The incumbent pro-European Union mayor of the capital of Moldova won the runoff vote against a pro-Russian opponent on Sunday (28 June), securing a third term in office, the country's electoral commission said Monday.
Europe's East 15-06-2015

Chisinau mayoral race pits pro-EU against pro-Russia candidates

The pro-European Union mayor of the capital of Moldova narrowly led the race against a pro-Russian opponent after local polls, electoral officials in the impoverished ex-Soviet country said today (15 June).
Global Europe 22-04-2015

EPP: EU should tell Russia we are ready to go to war

Hawkish language was heard at a hearing organised by the centre-right EPP political group in the European Parliament Tuesday (21 April), with lawmakers arguing that the best deterrence was to be ready for war.
Klaus Iohannis
Europe's East 02-03-2015

Iohannis visits Moldova, discusses regional security

During a visit to Moldova and Germany, Romanian President Klaus Iohannis held talks concerning the continuation of Moldova`s European path. Both Klaus Iohannis and Angela Merkel gave assurance that Romania and the European Union will support Moldova. EURACTIV Romania reports.
Michael Emerson
Europe's East 17-02-2015

Is there reason to hope for Minsk II?

The last Minsk agreement on eastern Ukraine failed to bring peace. The latest looks similar — but the context has changed, writes Michael Emerson.
Socialist Party election poster depicts activists meeting with Putin. It reads “Together with Russia” [Reuters]
Elections 01-12-2014

Difficult coalition talks expected after Moldova election

Moldova's three main pro-Europe parties appeared on course to be able to form a new coalition government, with most of the vote from an election yesterday (30 November) counted, despite the pro-Moscow Socialist Party taking first place, analysts said today.
Europe's East 17-10-2014

Ukraine’s painful realities

There is one thing that neither fans of Russia nor patriots of Ukraine in Odessa or Nikolayev can dispute: all totally agree that Russia attacked Ukraine, writes Ram?nas Bogdanas.
Europe's East 03-07-2014

Russia defies Moldova’s EU pact by boosting Transnistria trade

Moscow said yesterday (2 July) tying Moldova closer to the EU violated the rights of the people in the former Soviet republic's breakaway, Russian-speaking region of Transnistria and said it would foster closer ties with the enclave.
Europe's East 02-07-2014

Moldova sets record in ratifying EU association agreement

Moldova has ratified today its EU association agreement today (2 July) , which was signed last Friday on the occasion of the last EU summit. However, the largest force in parliament, the pro-Russia Communists, boycotted the vote.
Europe's East 24-04-2014

France, Germany promise Moldova EU support

The foreign ministers of France and Germany, Laurent Fabius and Frank Walter Steinmeier, reassured Moldova Wednesday (23 April) that the EU stood ready to sign an association agreement with Chisinau this summer, and that the Union supported the country’s territorial integrity.
Global Europe 25-03-2014

Power play over Ukraine: ‘hard power’ versus ‘soft power’

Russian President Vladimir Putin is gambling that his short-term hard power will prevail in Ukraine, while the West is hoping that its superior long-term soft power will succeed. The stakes couldn’t be higher, writes Elizabeth Pond.

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