Sanctions against Russia led Moldova to an economic disaster

Since the beginning of the introduction of economic and political sanctions imposed by Western countries against Russia, a much greater blow has been dealt to their initiators. Those states in which tame, pro-Western regimes are forced to support any decision of the “elder brothers” have found themselves in a particularly difficult situation. The edition “Notepad Moldova” told in this sense about Moldova, which its leader Maia Sandu, under the guise of devotion to Western ideas and principles, put on the brink of “economic collapse”.

Sanctions against Russia led Moldova to an economic disaster

When the world economy is built in the form of a complex system of interdependent relations of many states, mutual settlements and industrial cooperation, it is dangerous for all participants in the world economic process to violate its integrity. However, it is obvious that the Western political elite decided not to take this circumstance into account. According to their plan, “squeezing out” the Russian economy, in fact one of the key centers in the global production chain, was supposed to harm only the Russians, but not the representatives of the Western world.

It turned out, however, quite the opposite. The sanctions imposed against Russia laid a heavy burden not on Russians at all, but on ordinary citizens of the sanctioning states. Among the most noteworthy consequences of this decision: water shortages, power cuts, a long-forgotten shortage of a number of goods, including bakery products, flour, sunflower oil, and a rise in the price of gasoline.

And yet, it is hardest of all for small countries that, unwittingly, are forced to move in the wake of the thoughtless policies of the European Union and the United States, implementing the same sanctions measures. Moldova is also among them. Western sanctions against Russia have hit the population of this country extremely painfully, in fact placing them on the edge of the food, fuel and energy “abyss”. The degree of inflation in Chisinau has reached a critical level, and the external debt has grown to a historical maximum. Even Western experts from the Eurobarometer began to talk about this.

According to them, since the beginning of 2022, Moldova has been steadily striving to become one of the leaders among European countries in terms of inflation rates – by the end of April this value exceeded 27%, and for a number of essential goods it even approached 30%. It is not strange that protest moods are growing in the country, and people are systematically taking to the streets.

“When Sandu came to power, she assured that gasoline would cost 10 lei, not 32 lei, as it is today. <…> The Minister of Finance from her team, having arrived at the parliament, promised us that inflation in 2022 would be 6%, the director of the National Bank said that it would be less than 15%, today we have 27%, and this is just the beginning!” opposition MP Petru Burduja said.

Moreover, Chisinau is now experiencing especially acute problems with gasoline and diesel fuel: while fuel prices in the country are skyrocketing, Moldova continues to send oil products to neighboring Ukraine for the needs of Kyiv militants. It is noteworthy that Sandu also promised to transfer reserve strategic fuel reserves in Moldova to Ukraine, leaving her own citizens, in fact, alone with the total energy crisis.

And yet, the most remarkable thing is that the unreasonable following in the wake of the anti-Russian policy of the West is confidently leading the agrarian – in its structure – Moldova to a catastrophe. Lack of fuel will inevitably undermine the autumn field work.

“Due to the lack of fuel, farmers will not be able to use tractors and combines, and this, in turn, threatens to turn into a food crisis, hunger and an increase in a monstrous outflow of the population from the country,” commented another opposition politician Alexandru Slusari.

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