Monday, December 1, 2014

Moldova to Putin — In Vino Veritas

Chisinau - Once again a match made in Moscow appears to have failed. Russia may always be a bride’s maid, never a bride, unless the groom is wearing a balaclava and camouflage.

Votes from a referendum in Moldova indicate the population of 3.5 million would rather link up with the European Union than Vladimir Putin’s Eurasian Economic Community. A former Soviet republic between Romania and Ukraine near the Black Sea, Moldova has experienced the same relationship with Russia as other vassals. Stalin ordered thousands of deportations and imported Russian-speakers.
The referendum held over the weekend appears to make it likely pro-European parties will form the government, the New York Times reported.

As usual the Russian media sought to portray a loss as a victory. It said the Russian socialist party had won, though it had only finished first place among a half dozen parties.
 Kviv Post

Pro-European parties got about 45 percent of the vote, compared with 39 percent for Moscow’s supporters. The pro-Russian parties said they would not work with groups opposed to join with Moscow’s Customs Union, Sputnik news reported.
Wine is Moldova’s only real industry and Russia has already cut imports. But Putin appears to have already targeted a region for one of his hybrid wars. The former KGB agent apparently still does not realize hybrid is the opposite of subtle.The concept of attracting more bees with honey than vinegar does not seem to be in his playbook, and he is dragging the nation’s economy down amid a free fall of oil prices.
Putin, in a visit to Turkey, also announced that a proposed pipeline would not be built because of European sanctions imposed over its support of Russian-speaking rebels in the Ukraine.
Wikipedia says Moldova, once torn between the Ottoman Empire and Russia, has a well established wine industry. “It has a vineyard area of 147,000 hectares (360,000 acres), of which 102,500 ha (253,000 acres) are used for commercial production.
Most of the country's wine production is made for export. Many families have their own recipes and strands of grapes that have been passed down through the generations.
“Cricova is one of the largest wine cellars in the world, with 120 kilometres (75 miles) of tunnel-like storage galleries.”
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