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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.
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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.
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European Union: Joint Declaration of the Prague Eastern Partnership Summit

The European Union initiated political, economic, and security discussions with post-Soviet Union states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. At a conference in Prague on May 7, 2009, the joint declaration describes these negotiations and their association agreements. EU has signed agreements with Ukraine and Georgia. Russia has initiated its own negotiations with Ukraine and Georgia separatist regions.A 
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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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The Russian Military

by Jonathan Masters
Military power has reemerged as an importantcomponent of Russian foreign policy, which some believe aims to reestablish Russian hegemony in the region, explains this Backgrounder.
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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.