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Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Tiny Moldova Faces Its East-West Moment of Truth

by Robert Coalson
"Torn between Russia and the West, Moldova's fault lines are visible everywhere and are rendered more volatile by the country's weak sense of national identity. And the tension is clearly being strained by the crisis in neighboring Ukraine, as well as by Moldova's successful European-integration drive -- and Moscow's determination to prevent it."
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Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012

This act grants permanent normal trade relations with Russia and was signed into law on December 14, 2012. See also the Jackson-Vanik Amendment. The U.S. Treasury Department releases sanctions under the Magnitsky Act, which bans specific Russian citizens from entering the United States. The Russian Foreign Ministry recently released a list in response, banning specific U.S. citizens from entering Russia.

Is Ukraine on a Long Road to Rupture?

by Stephen Sestanovich, Bernard Gwertzman
Ukraine may be heading for the type of frozen conflict that occurred in Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Moldova immediately after the breakup of the Soviet Union, says CFR's Stephen Sestanovich.

Troubling Secessionist Models for Ukraine

by Charles King, Robert McMahon
The history of frozen conflicts in some of Russia's neighboring areas signals trouble for Ukraine's efforts to reintegrate its secessionist regions, says expert Charles E. King.
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Remarks by Ukrainian President Poroshenko to the U.S. Congress

with Petro Poroshenko
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on September 18, 2014. He asked for U.S. military assistance and aid in Ukraine's conflict against Russia, referencing mutual protection agreements such as Budapest Memorandums on Security Assurances, 1994 and the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
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Wales Summit Declaration

This document was issued on September 5, 2014, after a summit with NATO leaders which addressed the instability in Europe between Russia and the Ukraine and the threat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). The declaration includes increased sanctions against Russia and a rapid-reaction force based in Eastern Europe to act against moves from the Russian military.