“You Got a Nice Place Here. Be a Shame If Something Happened To It…”

The “independent” state of Trans-Dniestria has graciously “offered” to “host” Russian missile bases if the United States goes ahead with plans to station missile bases in Romania and Bulgaria:

Trans-Dniester leader Igor Smirnov said Russia had not yet asked it to be a host but any request would be approved.

“Asked?” “Request?” How generous of them.

In a separate development, the Moldovan prime minister and Romanian interior minister symbolically removed the barbed wire fence which has stood since Soviet times, and reopened a border crossing across the river Prut between the two countries.

The new Moldovan government, elected last summer, has sought closer ties with Romania and the European Union and has given up the pro-Moscow orientation of its predecessor.

Oh. Now I get it.


3 Responses to ““You Got a Nice Place Here. Be a Shame If Something Happened To It…””

  1. 1 cholm725
    February 16, 2010 at 12:07 am

    Next, I want to see the same request granted in Abkhazia.

    Really though, TD looks more like a strip than anything. Maybe an old WWII line of defense? I’m obviously ignorant on the issue, but I am enjoying the Warm War between the US and Russia on Missile Defense (and offense I suppose).

  2. 2 Vincent
    February 16, 2010 at 1:58 am

    Next, I want to see the same request granted in Abkhazia.

    Doubt it’ll happen. Abkhazia and South Ossetia are Russia’s answer to Kosovo and Georgia’s dismantling of Aslan Abashidze’s gangster regime in Adjara, which was a client of Moscow. Putting missiles there doesn’t really serve any purpose, especially since, for all its huffing and puffing in 2008, Europe and the US don’t really give a fig about Georgia.

    And Trans-Dniestria is, as its name implies, just that part of Moldova that’s on the other side of the Dniester river. The idea that it’s independent of Russia in any sense whatsoever is laughable (especially given the Russian “peacekeeper” contingent that makes sure the border stays where it is).

    Their flag tells you pretty much everything you need to know.

  3. February 16, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    You gotta love FSU/Post-Soviet Geopolitics in general…especially as a Russian linguist, etc.

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