EIRP Proceedings, Vol 12 (2017)

Geopolitical Developments in the Eastern Area in the Proximity of Romania

Florinel Iftode


In the geopolitical equation of the space in the proximity of Romania we have the largest actors (Russia), smaller players (Moldova) and players without international legitimacy (Transnistrian Republic). The geopolitical issue includes analysis of border crossings between the Russian and Euro-Atlantic border area, on the border strip represented by Republic of Moldova. The effect of the geopolitical tensions on the internal dynamics of policy in Republic of Moldova, the exclusive crisis dependence on the Dniester, i.e. the geopolitical and security blockage represented by the “frozen conflict” in Transnistria. The Military data show that the very existence of the Republic of Moldova is strictly determined by the Russian military presence and its geopolitical interests in the region, Republic of Moldova had the status of “buffer zone” of Russia against Romania, NATO and the European Union.

The political aspect concerns the configuration of political forces and their coupling to external vectors (including geopolitical ones). Since Republic of Moldova is an independent state, independent and sovereign in its true sense, the main pressure vector control is the Russian state, which holds a significant military power in Republic of Moldova.


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