Since the end of 2015 Vlad Plahotniuc, an oligarch and the richest man in Moldova, has been de facto the only person who counts in Moldovan politics and business.
The fifth Eastern Partnership summit will take place in Brussels on 24 November. This programme is perceived differently today by Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova.
On 29 May, the government of Moldova designated five Russian diplomats as personae non gratae.
The Republic of Moldova is an exceptional state.
On 13th November the runoff of the direct presidential election was held in Moldova.
The visit was very important for Plahotniuc who, although he is effectively running Moldova, has no legitimacy to do so.
Plahotniuc has concentrated political and business influence in his own hands on a scale unseen so far in Moldova’s history since 1991.
The dismissal of the Strelet cabinet means the end of what was called the pro-European coalition.
Romania and Moldova have developed very strong ties, resulting mainly from many years of common history, language and cultural heritage.
It is the first time in the country’s history that such a high-ranking politician and one who also belongs to the ruling government camp will face a court trial.