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Moldova's Elections Could Shift the Country's Focus East

MIN READOct 18, 2018 | 09:00 GMT

Moldovan President Igor Dodon (left) speaks during a news conference with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at the Kremlin in Moscow on Jan. 17, 2017. Upcoming elections could result in Moldova moving away from the West.

(ALEXEY DRUZHININ/AFP/Getty Images)

As the Russia-West standoff continues unabated over Ukraine, a lesser-known -- yet no less intense -- competition is playing out between Moscow and the West over next-door Moldova. While Moldova pales in comparison to the size and population of Ukraine (Moldova has roughly 3.3 million people in a territory the size of Maryland), its significance belies its small stature. Now, parliamentary polls this coming February could do much to shift the balance of power in this standoff in favor of Russia....

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