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Moldova Buys Gas From Poland Amid Gas Shortage (RFE RL)

Moldova’s government says it has bought a million cubic meters of natural gas from Poland after Chisinau failed to agree on a new energy deal with traditional supplier Russia.

“A contract was signed for a trial purchase of one million cubic meters of natural gas between the state-owned company Energocom and the Polish company PGNiG,” the government said in a statement on October 25, calling it “the first purchase of gas from alternative sources” in the history of independent Moldova.

Moldova Buys Gas From Poland Amid Gas Shortage (rferl.org)

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Moldova declares state of emergency over gas crisis (Al Jazeera)

Moldova’s parliament has approved a government-requested state of emergency until November 20 as it tries to ease gas shortages amid soaring world energy prices.

The eternal flame at a World War II monument in the capital Chisinau has been extinguished due to gas shortages, the defence ministry said on Friday.

Moldova declares state of emergency over gas crisis | Oil and Gas News | Al Jazeera

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Moldovan Leftists Protest Arrests In Prosecutor’s Office (RFE RL)

Several hundred people protested in the Moldovan capital, Chisinau, against the October 5 suspension of Prosecutor-General Alexandru Stoianoglo in an event organized by the Communist and Socialist parties on October 10.

The protesters chanted slogans against President Maia Sandu, accusing her of seeking to control the prosecutor’s office for political purposes.

Another, smaller demonstration was held in Comrat.

Moldovan Leftists Protest Arrests In Prosecutor’s Office (rferl.org)

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Moldova/Russia. Moldovan President Seeks ‘Pragmatic Relationship’ With Russia (RFE RL)

President Maia Sandu says Moldova wants its relations with Russia to be based on pragmatism and will work to prevent a destabilization of the situation with regard to the frozen conflict between Chisinau and its Moscow-backed breakaway region, Transdniester.

Sandu, who defeated Russia-backed incumbent Igor Dodon in November on a ticket of closer relations with the West, called for the withdrawal of Russian troops from Transdniester in an interview with RFE/RL on the 30th anniversary of Moldova’s independence from the Soviet Union, August 23.

Moldovan President Seeks ‘Pragmatic Relationship’ With Russia (rferl.org)

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Russia/Belarus/Moldova – Moscow Worried Orthodox in Belarus and Moldova May Gain Autocephaly (The Jamestown Foundation)

Paul Globe

Moscow is increasingly anxious about potential new moves in Belarus and Moldova in the coming weeks toward achieving autocephalous status for the local Christian Orthodox churches. Such an outcome would further undermine President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to promote his “Russian World” (“Russkiy Mir”)—an ideological concept based not only on language but also on culture defined in religious terms. Indeed, the Kremlin is still alarmed by what the extension of autocephaly (independent self-governance) to the Ukrainian Church has meant. As one commentator described it, this was as the most important step Kyiv has taken, other than offering military resistance, since the Russian invasion of 2014; consequently, Moscow views it as an unforgiveable political attack on Russia (see EDM, September 13, 2018; Glavred.info, November 17, 2018). Russia’s fear now is that developments in Belarus and Moldova may succeed in winning autocephaly, which could easily spark similar moves in other former Soviet republics or even lead some Orthodox within the Russian Federation to seek autonomous status for themselves. This would further isolate the Moscow Patriarchate within the broader world of Orthodoxy and reduce Russian influence abroad.

Moscow Worried Orthodox in Belarus and Moldova May Gain Autocephaly – Jamestown

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Russia/Moldova – Kremlin Responds to New Moldovan Leadership’s Overtures (The Jamestown Foundation)

Vladimir Socor

The Kremlin has wasted no time reacting to the positive signals from Moldova’s new, Western-oriented leadership. On August 11, only five days after Moldova’s new government took office, the deputy head of Russia’s presidential administration, Dmitry Kozak, descended unexpectedly on Chisinau for talks with President Maia Sandu and government members. Kozak carries out the Kremlin’s policy toward Ukraine and toward Moldova on parallel, correlated tracks (see below).

Kremlin Responds to New Moldovan Leadership’s Overtures – Jamestown

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Moldova – Moldova parliament backs pro-European cabinet (Euractiv, AFP)

Moldova’s parliament on Friday (6 August) confirmed Natalia Gavrilița as prime minister and approved her programme to pull the post-Soviet country out of a protracted crisis and bring it closer to the EU.

Moldova parliament backs pro-European cabinet – EURACTIV.com

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(Europe/Georgia/Moldova/Ukraine) Newer EU members support Associated Trio as ‘champions’ (Euractiv)

Vlagyiszlav Makszimov writes for Euractiv: Though vast majority of EU countries welcome deeper integration with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, their “Associated Trio” initiative finds more support within Eastern and Central Europe, while the Commission and Western member states remain hesitant to adopt the term.

go to Euractiv: Newer EU members support Associated Trio as ‘champions’ – EURACTIV.com

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(Russia/Moldova) Russia Abandons Moldovan Clients, Will Deal With the New Pro-Western Government (Part Two) (The Jamestown Foundation)

Vladimir Socor writes for Jamestown Foundation: From Russia’s standpoint, Moldova’s former president Igor Dodon and his Socialist Party are serial losers and expired assets following their latest defeat in the July 11 parliamentary elections. The Western-oriented President Maia Sandu and her Party of Action and Solidarity (PAS), winners of two consecutive landslide elections, now hold the entirety of state power. Russia has no choice but to deal with the new incumbents, and it has cautiously signaled that intention (see EDM, July 1315).

go to Jamestown Foundation website: Russia Abandons Moldovan Clients, Will Deal With the New Pro-Western Government (Part Two) – Jamestown

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