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Maybe Moldova, whose predominant language and culture is Romanian, should consider merging with Romania to enable it to better resist Russian threats and aggression.

Moldova has a shaky history, being part of the Ottoman and Russian empires. As noted in Wikipedia, “In February 1918, the Moldavian Democratic Republic declared independence and then integrated into Romania later that year following a vote of its assembly.”

However, in 1940, Romania was forced to concede Moldova to the Soviet Union as a result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. When the Soviet Union dissolved, Moldova declared independence in 1991. Perhaps a referendum to reunite Moldova and Romania could be held in both nations, maybe overseen by EU monitors.

As a member of NATO, Romania, with the newly annexed Moldova, would be in a better position to squash the breakaway region of Transnistria and force out the 1,500 Russian soldiers there.
Dmitry Medvedev, deputy head of Russia’s Security Council, suggested in June that Moldova might try to fast-track its membership in the EU by uniting with Romania. Any deployment of Russian soldiers to Moldova could heighten Romania’s defense posture — placing additional stress on Article V of the NATO Charter.

Granted, this is a worst-case scenario, one that even Moldova's prime minister acknowledged is only "a hypothetical scenario for now." Russian ground forces are in no position to invade Moldova. But a fully mission-capable HIMARS-equipped Romanian missile brigade in proximity of the Moldovan border should not be discounted. Romania could very well be its brother’s keeper.


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