Like Ukrainians, Moldovans recently chose pro-Western parties over pro-Russian ones in parliamentary elections.
had ratified a trade deal several months ago with the European Union that Russia opposed, preferring Moldova remain
in the Russian orbit.
The former Soviet Republic of Moldova has been concerned about the
Federation’s irredentism towards Transnistria, a
breakaway Russian-speaking region, like Eastern Ukraine that Russia invaded, part of which ( Crimea)