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Moldova officially applies for EU membership

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered fears among ex-Soviet countries that they may be next.

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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has triggered fears among ex-Soviet countries that they may be next.

Highlights

  • Moldova and Georgia formally apply for membership of the European Union.
  • Announcement comes a week after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine began.
  • The West has expressed concerns that ex-Soviet nations risk becoming possible targets for the Kremlin after Ukraine.
  • Efforts from the West to build closer ties with the West have long angered Russia.
  • Moscow is fiercely opposed to the eastwards expansion of the EU and NATO, which it sees as a direct threat to Russia’s security.
  • The process of accession to the EU is expected to be long and involve large-scale reforms, provided the countries win candidate status, provided they win the EU membership.