posted on Jun, 11 2014 @ 02:05 AM
Defying Russian warnings, Moldova and Georgia head for
CHISINAU/TBILISI (Reuters) - Undeterred by the conflict triggered by Ukraine's swing towards Europe, the former Soviet republics of Moldova and
Georgia will sign a trade and political pact with the European Union this month with Russia warning both countries against the move.
The two small countries - Moldova has a population of just over 3.5 million and Georgia 4.5 million - see the signing of an association agreement as
the crucial step towards mainstream Europe, leading to eventual membership of the powerful EU trading bloc.
But, as has been shown by their regional neighbor Ukraine, Russia sees their westward move further away from Moscow's sphere of influence as a
geo-political setback that could threaten its markets too.
Last November, Russia persuaded a now-ousted Ukrainian leader to pull out of an identical pact with the EU. When protests then chased him from office,
Russia, in a backlash, annexed Crimea, and armed pro-Russian separatist groups sprang up in Ukraine's east and the battle there is still raging.
How Russia - which went to war with Georgia in 2008 - will react now remains the big unknown but officials have warned of "possible
Putin once again is meddling into the internal affairs of Moldova and Georgia, who are looking at eventually joining the EU. Putin has warned them
against the move, which makes no sense since both nations are sovereign and the population of both countries support the move.
I really don't know where Putin gets off thinking he can dictate foreign policy to sovereign nations. Maybe Putin would get somewhere with his
neighbors if he didn't act like He / Russian are better than Moldova and Georgia.
The cold war is over with.
The days of the Soviet Union are over with.
Trying to argue sovereign nations are somehow beholden to Russia because of their location and Russia's BS claim of "near abroad" and sphere of
influence is insane (like Putin).
So if Putin does not get his way he throws a tempter tantrum and threatens actions against these 2 nations.
There is absolutely no justification for Russia's actions and no amount of spin is going to convince anyone that Russia is justified in doing this.
"There is an aggressive attitude from Russia not only towards us, but towards any ex-Soviet state which has European aspirations. But this does
not mean that we will reject our free choice," said Irakly Sesiashvili, the head of the parliamentary defense and security committee.
God the level of arrogance from Russia is mind blowing -
"It is Georgia's sovereign right to sign the Association Agreement with the EU, but it should also understand possible consequences," Russian
Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich told a news conference last month.
"Georgia's sovereign rights should be exercised without damaging the rights of others ... It is very important to understand the consequences which
the upcoming signing of the Association Agreement between Georgia and the EU on June 27 may have."
Its their right to choose, so long as they choose Russia. The association agreements and eventually joining the EU is an economic choice, not
Putin's administration needs to go.
edit on 11-6-2014 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)