Moldova between Russia and the West: Internal Divisions behind the Commitment to European Integration Russie.NEI.Visions, No. 110, Ifri, August 2018
The traditional characterisation of Moldova as a bridge between two civilisations, Russian Orthodox and the West, seems to have become outdated.
Moldova is an example of a society divided between different geopolitical preferences and the conflict over Transnistria continues to reinforce the perception of uncertainty about the country’s future. It is quite natural that the geopolitical stand-off between Russia and the West—which worsened after the start of the conflict in Ukraine and the war in Donbass and evolved into a broad-based confrontation—has become almost the main item on Moldova’s domestic and foreign policy agenda.
Ernest Vardanean is an independent analyst. He is a lecturer at Moldova State University and a columnist in the Romanian office of Radio Free Europe.