Secession by Transnistria and Gagauzia threaten EU Borg Hive
March 18, 2014
Vice President Joe Biden set the stage for the next phase of the economic war on Russia Tuesday when he announced from Poland the U.S. will impose a new round of sanctions following a vote in Crimea over the weekend declaring secession from Ukraine.
“It’s a simple fact that Russia’s political and economic isolation will only increase if it continues down this dark path,” Biden said.
The Associated Press reports “that virtually the entire world rejects the referendum in Crimea” and the region is “on edge over Russia’s nascent aggression in Crimea,” an allusion to the claim Russia plans to grab other former satellite states. “Former Soviet states are among the most alarmed by the prospect that Moscow could be resuming its traditional imperial ambitions,” AP claims despite a formidable obstacle to this, namely the inclusion of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland in NATO.
Biden’s visit and the hysterical warning by the establishment media of Russian annexing former republics serves as a cover for another agenda – preventing so-called “breakaway” regions in the neighborhood from joining Russia, either outright or as part of an economic association matching the one tendered by the European Union.
Politicians in Moldova’s Trans-Dniester region, the autonomous territory situated on the eastern Moldovan border with Ukraine, have appealed to the Russian parliament to draft a law allowing it to join Russia. Trans-Dniester, or Transnistria, held a referendum in 2006 similar to the one held in Crimea over the weekend. Its demand for independence, however, was rejected by Moldova and, as characterized by the BBC, the “international community,” code for the United Nations.
The Transnistria parliament, according to spokesman Irina Kubanskikh, had “appealed to the Russian Federation leadership to examine the possibility of extending to Trans-Dniester the legislation, currently under discussion in the State Duma, on granting Russian citizenship and admitting new subjects into Russia.”
Moldova is preparing to sign an association agreement with the European Union similar to the one rejected by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych prior to his ouster during the February coup. Instead, Yanukovych called for closer economic alignment with Russia.
A second autonomous area bordering Ukraine, Gagauzia, is also demanding independent status. The small area on Moldova’s southern border held a referendum in February. More than 70% of eligible voters said they want integration with the CIS Customs Union, an economic alliance between the states of Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. 97.2 percent rejected closer EU integration and 98.9 percent supported Gagauzia’s right to declare independence if Moldova merges with neighboring Romania under a European Union integration plan. Authorities in Chişinau, however, state the referendum constitutes a “defiance of law” and engenders separatist tendencies in the autonomous region.
On Monday, NATO put cooperation between itself and Moldova on the fast track. Moldova has also initialized an association agreement with the EU. According to NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, European integration goes hand-in-hand with closer relations with NATO as both organizations are based on the same values.
Biden’s visit to Poland is intended to rally NATO countries in Eastern Europe as secessionist sentiment grows in eastern Ukraine and Transnistria and Gagauzia look toward Crimea for inspiration. The United States and the European Union are now desperately attempting to portray closer alignment with Moscow as brazen Russian annexation instead of what is really is – rejection of the European Union and, to a large part, ethnic identification with Russia.
The U.S. and the EU, according to Forbes, require “Warsaw’s support for whatever sanctions they impose on Russia to deter further expansionist moves” as future and present clients struggle with indigenous independence movements. Thus Biden’s visit to Poland and Lithuania.
The coup in Kyiv, with its fascist overtones and strident nationalism threatening ethnic minorities, sends an unmistakable message to “breakaway” regions – the EU and the United States will embrace and support xenophobia and fascist violence as it moves to force all of Europe into the Fourth Reich.