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Moldova turns its back on Russia and leaves the Commonwealth of Independent States – Pekka Toveri assesses Putin’s humiliation

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Moldova announced on Monday that it would leave the Commonwealth of Independent States led by Russia. This is not Putin’s first humiliation since the start of the war.

On Monday, the speaker of the Moldovan parliament, Igor Grossu, made an announcement the Kremlin would hardly like.

Grossu announced that Moldova would leave the Community of Independent States, or Ivy. Ivy is set in the 1990s in the ruins of the Soviet Union, and includes a large portion of the former Soviet republics.

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Georgia left the organization in 2008 after a brief war with Russia, which resulted in Russia still occupying part of the country. Ukraine reached the same conclusion in 2018.

The departure was justified, among other things, by the fact that staying in Ivy did not protect Moldova from energy extortion in winter, nor from threats or hostile statements to the country’s independence. Earlier this year, there were reports about Russia planning a coup in Moldova.

According to Grossu, Ivy has also not helped resolve the conflict in Transnistria. Transnistria is a separatist region in Moldova that is occupied by Russia with “peacekeeping forces”.

– Being in the Ivy did not protect member states from military attacks, wars and illegal occupation of sovereign territories, Grossu described the decision.

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Major General E.V.P. and current Member of Parliament Pekka Toveri (cok) evaluates Moldova’s decision in Tuesday’s ISTV Ukraine studios. According to him, the Kremlin is certainly concerned about the situation.

Pekka Toveri.

Pekka Toveri. Photo: Antti Hämälainen/IS

– This is a bad sign for Putin. For example, Armenia has threatened to withdraw from the defensive CSTO organization. Russia considers these countries to be within its sphere of interest and largely under control.

According to Comrade, the isolation of one country can act as an inspiration for other countries as well. The position of Moldova is facilitated by the fact that it does not have a common border with Russia.

Economically too, Moldova’s relations with Russia have decreased. For example, Kazakhstan borders Russia and is more economically dependent on it. Toveri says, when one comes out, others also start to see if there is a seam here for us too.

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If Ukraine had lost, Moldova would not have dared to have such discussions.

According to Tovar, the situation in Moldova would also be different without Ukraine’s successful defensive struggle.

– I believe that if Ukraine had been lost, Moldova would not have dared to have such discussions. There would be fear of Russian military power and punishment.

Moldova’s departure from Ivy isn’t the first time Putin has been humiliated following a full-scale invasion. We listed last time when countries considered allies of Russia took its side.

Last June, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum that his country does not recognize Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine as independent.

Standing next to Tokayev, Putin tried to justify his war of aggression in Ukraine a moment ago.

Tokayev justified his view by saying, among other things, that if hundreds of new countries were born, the world would be in chaos.

Photo: Anton Novoderezkin/Reuters

Read more: Kazakhstan’s president publicly opposes Putin

Tajik President Emomali Rahmon lectured Russia for seven minutes at the October Ivy summit in Kazakhstan.

According to the president who has ruled his country since 1994, Tajikistan and other Central Asian countries were neglected and used only to exploit their raw materials during the Soviet Union, and Russia’s current attitude since the Soviet era Not much has changed.

– We have always respected our most important strategic partners [Venäjän] benefits. We also want respect. We don’t do anything else. Respect, said Rahmon.

The leap was wild, as Tajikistan is heavily dependent on Russia for its economy. A large number of Tajiks work in Russia and send a significant part of their wages to their homeland. Rahmon’s main desire appears to be an increase in Russian investment in Tajikistan.

The fiery speech garnered lakhs of views on social media.

Photo: Alexey Nikolsky/Kremlin/Reuters

Read more: President of Tajikistan spoke to Putin for seven minutes

In November, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan apparently avoided Putin while taking a group photo at a meeting of the Russia-led Collective Security Organization (CSTO).

At the same meeting, Pashinjan offended Putin that, in his opinion, the CSTO had not helped Armenia enough in its conflict with Azerbaijan.

– Even Armenia, which has traditionally been seen as neutral or some kind of friend of Russia, is distancing itself, Jussi Lasila, a senior researcher at the Foreign Policy Institute, assessed IS in November. .

In March, Pashinjan’s party colleague, Armenian MP Gagik Melkonya, expressed hope that Putin would be arrested upon his arrival in Armenia in accordance with the International Criminal Court’s order.

Read more: Longtime aide turns his back on Putin – urged to “stay in his country” and threatened with arrest

– If Putin comes to Armenia, he should be arrested. Melkonya threatened that it is better if Putin stays in his country.

Commonwealth of Independent States

established in 1991

Member countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Belarus and Russia

The headquarters is located in Minsk, the capital of Belarus.

Moldova announced its return on 15 May 2023

Georgia left in 2008, Ukraine in 2018

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