President-elect Maia Sandu is committed to Moldova’s European integration but she won’t needlessly antagonise Russia.
A strong foe is better than a weak friend sums up Moscow's position on Moldova as Patriarch Kirill followed President Vladimir Putin in congratulating Maia Sandu.
Moldova likely to call snap general election after Moscow’s man Dodon loses runoff by a wide margin.
This weekend's second round vote will pit pro-Russian President Igor Dodon against his pro-EU rival Maia Sandu, who currently looks set to defeat the incumbent.
Opposition politician Renato Usatii claims Dodon spent more than allowed by law as he fights challenge from pro-EU rival Maia Sandu.
Russia to send €2.9mn grant for drought-hit Moldovan farmers ahead of presidential election runoff, but no sign of the €500mn loan promised earlier.
First estimates from OIV show drought hitting the grape crops in countries such as Romania and Moldova, while others like Hungary and Russia managed to boost production.
Surprise lead over incumbent Igor Dodon puts Sandu in strong position to take the Moldovan presidency in runoff vote.
Polls indicate Sunday’s vote will set up a rematch of the 2016 runoff between President Dodon and his pro-EU challenger Maia Sandu — but this time Sandu has a strong chance of winning despite top Russian officials’ backing for Dodon.