National elections are seven weeks away and Moldova is frankly at a crossroads. One path will take us backward, back into the bosom of a failing, corrupt Russia run by Vladimir Putin and his henchmen. Socialism has failed, politically, economically and socially; we cannot go back. The other path surges us forward — with Democratic government, transparency, free markets, jobs, economic growth and a seat at the global table that will benefit all Moldovans.
As I flew back from Washington earlier this month, I was encouraged by the ever-stronger ties between Moldova and the United States. It was my third trip this year, and I am tremendously proud of the progress in our partnership. We have improved diplomatic ties, won the support from the U.S. Congress, and are increasing economic engagement between our countries. There is now a recognition in Washington that Moldova is embracing Western values and is striding ahead as a partner and ally.
Moldova recently appointed our first female ambassador to Washington, Cristina Balan. Her efforts coupled with the strong start in Chisinau, by the new U.S. ambassador, Dereck Hogan, has tethered our two countries closer together. Jointly, we must stare down the very real threat posed by an aggressive, belligerent Russia.
We must stand shoulder-to-shoulder against the insidious and ongoing effort by Moscow to manipulate and undermine our elections — a pressing issue Washington is dealing with on a daily basis at home. The Russian occupation of 11 percent of sovereign Moldovan territory and Moscow’s military buildup writ large are clear and present dangers to global security, to which we must present a unified front.
Commercial ties continue to grow, with the launch the American-Moldovan Business Council (AMBC)
OK, I get it that Moldovians are worried about being absorbed into Russia, but where is the threat?
Russia doesn't seem to want Moldova.
NATO wants Moldova.
So it seems that "the threat" is quite the opposite, not Europe threatened by Russia, but Russia threatened by Europe.
Moldova isn't exactly a prize everyone wants to win, but it is one more step toward Russia.