Analysis 20 Oct 17

‘Political War’ in Moldova Threatens Army

Moldova's military forces could be the next collateral damage from the country’s growing internal political crisis, experts warn.

Madalin Necsutu
Moldovan President Igor Dodon arrives to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on October 10. Photo: Maxim Shemetov/AP

The Moldovan military faces an uncertain future, caught between the country's pro-EU government which has no apparent interest in security issues, and a pro-Russia presidency which keeps erecting obstacles to a potential Moldovan partnership with NATO.

The pro-Russia president has shown that he has a clear agenda – namely burning bridges between Moldova and NATO – and the government appears deeply disinterested in both the military and national security issues, merely focusing on a pro-Brussels political agenda, experts warn.

The military is dealing with a combination of a missing defence minister, being held back from military exercises, and rhetoric which – on occasion – uncannily echoes that of the Kremlin.

Tensions came to a head on October 17 when the Constitutional Court ruled that parliament can launch suspension of pro-Russia President Igor Dodon allowing the prime minister or the speaker of parliament to appoint the new minister in charge of the army.

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