Thursday 23 March 2017
“This agreement [Association Agreement with EU] did not bring Moldova any advantages. We’ve lost the Russian market while our exports to the EU also fell. We’ve gained nothing from the signing of this agreement.”Dodon’s claim, made during a recent visit to Moscow, is not backed by the data. Moldova, a small impoverished state sandwiched between Romania and Ukraine, has actually increased its exports to the EU since the Association Agreement was signed in 2014. Exports to Russia are down but that trend dates back to 2006 when Moscow slapped an import ban on Moldovan wine as bilateral ties soured.
“When a country joins NATO it becomes next to impossible for it to resist pressure from major NATO leaders such as the United States, and hence, it may deploy anything – a missile defense system, new bases, or if need be, missile strike systems.”The Russian president says the United States and other major NATO members use the alliance to exert pressure against Russia by forcing Eastern European members to establish missile defense systems. But Eastern nations say they are the ones demanding more military installations and troops.