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Links I found interesting for 26-07-2012


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Jul. 26th, 2012 02:18 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, Aslund seems to oversimplify the situation on the ground. Relations with Moldova were one of the less paranoid aspects of Russia's CIS policy (apart from the uncompromising desire to maintain at least some form of military presence), while Transnistria was arguably the most Kremlin-despised of all the partially recognized states (e.g. with Smirnov's son becoming a criminal subject right before the presidential election). Neither mentioned are the plentiful policy U-turns by Voronin.
Jul. 26th, 2012 03:04 pm (UTC)
I would add that he is much too harsh on the Moldovans, who are actually making rather good progress considering. (On Transnistria, my perception is that Kremlin policy turned 180 degrees in the later Medvedev presidency, and has now turned 180 degrees back again now that Putin is back and Smirnov safely out.)

But I agree with his overall point - if there were any serious analysis in the Kremlin, they would be asking themselves "Who lost Moldova?" Why were the Russians unable to offer a vision of future cooperation to the Moldovans which was competitive with the vaguely and imperfectly expressed EU perspective? Why did the Moldovans not stay bought, or intimidated? The important thing is to ask the questions.
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