A well-known political analyst, Vladimir Socor, has issued a stern warning against the hasty reintegration of Transnistria into the Republic of Moldova in the current political climate. Socor’s insights were shared during an interview on the “Points of Reflection” program, broadcasted by Vocea Basarabiei.
In a time when the Republic of Moldova is navigating a complex political landscape, Socor cautioned that Moldova’s existing state institutions might not be equipped to effectively handle the absorption or integration of the breakaway region.
Socor identified two primary threats to Moldova’s national security, with Russia’s aggressive foreign policy being the most pressing concern. He asserted that the current state of the country’s rule of law and institutions is insufficient to manage the reintegration process adequately.
“The main problem lies at the level of state institutions and the rule of law. The right bank of the Republic of Moldova is not yet a consolidated state with the rule of law. Furthermore, the Republic of Moldova does not have state institutions that are strong and effective enough to manage the absorption or integration of Transnistria,” Socor pointed out.
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He stressed the importance of building a strong and consolidated state before attempting to reintegrate Transnistria. This includes establishing the rule of law, reforming the judiciary, and creating effective state institutions. Vladimir Socor emphasized that the focus of the Moldovan government at this moment should be on European integration rather than Transnistrian reintegration.
“First, you integrate into the EU, and after that, you address the Transnistrian issue. There are many compelling reasons for this staging,” said Socor. He explained that any reintegration with Transnistria would require some form of political agreement. If Moldova is not a fully consolidated state with the rule of law, any agreements on paper would not be effectively implemented, potentially leading to informal and unofficial arrangements.
He underscored that these unofficial agreements could disrupt Moldova and hinder its European aspirations. Socor made it clear that the peace and prosperity of Moldova’s citizens should be the top priority, and a well-structured approach, focusing on state consolidation and European integration, should be the path forward.