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US increases security funding to Moldova as tensions rise
Times of India ^ | Mar 31, 2014, 01.54 AM IST

Posted on 03/30/2014 7:39:27 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin

PARIS: The United States on Sunday pledged $10 million to bolster border security in Moldova at a time when concerns are rising about divisions within the country over a trade deal with Europe and Russia's intervention in neighbouring Ukraine.

The pro-western Moldavan government is pushing ahead with an EU trade deal by the summer despite the increasing debate on whether to integrate with Europe or stick with former Soviet master Russia.

It was the rejection of the same EU deal in November by former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich that triggered street protests against his rule after he balked under the threat of economic retaliation from Moscow.

US assistance secretary for Europe Victoria Nuland announced the new US funding during a visit to Moldova on Sunday before she flew to Paris for a meeting between US secretary of state John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov.

The Paris meeting is aimed at defusing tensions between Moscow and the west over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and making it part of Russia.

"Today I am delighted to announce that the United States will contribute an additional $10 million to support Moldavan border security efforts," Nuland told a news conference, according to a transcript provided by the state department.

This was in addition ongoing funding for non-proliferation objectives and border security, she said.

"This is a time of some stress in this neighbourhood. It's clear to everybody," she said.

The United States strongly supports Moldova's moves to strengthen its relationship with Europe through the trade deal, which is expected to be sealed by the summer.

In language similar to what the United States has used on Ukraine, Nuland said: "It is no accident that I am here today to make clear American support for those same principles here in Moldova — for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of this country, for the right of Moldova and Moldovans to choose their own future."


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1 posted on 03/30/2014 7:39:27 PM PDT by DeaconBenjamin
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Even as we speak, dozens of MREs (Meals Rejected by Estonians) are on their way.


2 posted on 03/30/2014 7:42:08 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

$10m? I thought $9m was too much for us to spend on a fence


3 posted on 03/30/2014 7:42:14 PM PDT by Insigne123 (It is the soldier, not the community organizer, who gives us freedom of the press)
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To: tumblindice

When will the Euros pony up?

It’s their frickin’ continent.


4 posted on 03/30/2014 7:42:56 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Because we’re Uncle Sugar with an unlimited Chicom credit line?


5 posted on 03/30/2014 7:44:10 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: Insigne123

Yeah, we sure could use that fence and those MREs here.


6 posted on 03/30/2014 7:44:32 PM PDT by Antihero101607
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To: dfwgator

It is a crap game. With snake eyes the winner.


7 posted on 03/30/2014 7:48:42 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: bigheadfred
It is a crap game. With snake eyes the winner.

I was thinking Dominoes.

8 posted on 03/30/2014 7:52:02 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: Antihero101607

“Today I am delighted to announce that the United States will contribute an additional $10 million to support Moldavan border security efforts,”

Their border security paid for by you, US taxpayers; rather, by IOUs.


9 posted on 03/30/2014 7:57:38 PM PDT by tumblindice (Are all Democrats inveterate, habitual liars?)
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To: Cementjungle

Good choice.


10 posted on 03/30/2014 7:57:40 PM PDT by bigheadfred
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To: DeaconBenjamin
Wow, a ten million signing bonus to sign with the EU!

I would re read the contract carefully.

11 posted on 03/30/2014 8:00:12 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

How about spending $10 million to help ensure the territorial integrity of our Southern border?

Knowing Nuland, she’d give it to the Mexican government.


12 posted on 03/30/2014 8:05:31 PM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

God help us,, Nuland is on the move again.


13 posted on 03/30/2014 8:12:40 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: mac_truck

What’s so sad is that the United States has signaled that Moldavia is worth no more than $10M to us.


14 posted on 03/30/2014 8:17:38 PM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Maybe the deal with the EU sucks enough for these countries or at least some members to have distinct concerns about it. It’s all about who they are giving their allegiances too. Can anyone honestly tell me whether it is better in the long run for them to go one way or another. To trust their sovereignty to the EU or to Russia? Definitely a choice between two evils!


15 posted on 03/30/2014 8:21:07 PM PDT by melsec (Once a Jolly Swagman camped by a Billabong.)
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To: melsec

I guess Obama lied about Putin called him in Saudi Arabia and he wasn’t going to attack anymore and wanted a way out.


16 posted on 03/30/2014 8:37:07 PM PDT by scooby321
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To: DeaconBenjamin
The Paris meeting is aimed at defusing tensions between Moscow and the west over Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region and making it part of Russia.

Interesting. In the view of India, the US considers the annexation of Crimea is a done deal. All the sound and fury from Washington signifies nothing on the world stage.

17 posted on 03/30/2014 8:41:42 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: be-baw
What’s so sad is that the United States has signaled that Moldavia is worth no more than $10M to us.

Chump change. 10 million won't even buy a decent relief pitcher before Opening Day.

18 posted on 03/30/2014 8:43:48 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: hinckley buzzard
Chump change. 10 million won't even buy a decent relief pitcher before Opening Day

Chump change for sure, except I would bet that a good relief pitcher could be had for $10M by Opening Day

19 posted on 03/30/2014 8:50:17 PM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: be-baw

Well then what number do you think would be more reasonable? How much should Moldova be worth to the USA, in round dollars? And do you believe that number should be greater than the EU’s number?
(because that sounds kinda crazy)


20 posted on 03/30/2014 8:50:59 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino

I don’t think we should be attaching price tags to individual countries or borders. Nevertheless, our sphere of influence and security should be well defined. In order for the world to remain relatively stable there needs to be clear boundaries re-established and consequences for crossing them and associated costs made clear. Obama’s dithering has made for the most unstable foreign policy since 1802


21 posted on 03/30/2014 9:03:52 PM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: be-baw

“I don’t think we should be attaching price tags to individual countries or borders.”

That’s very moving. But lets put it another way. If Texas was an independent nation, how much should Austin tax everyone to support the borders of Moldova?
I think its fine to place some price tags. And we should NEVER spend a dime more than the EU is willing to spend there.


22 posted on 03/30/2014 9:27:28 PM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: DesertRhino

Ask me again when Texas is an independent nation, and I will be happy to offer an opinion.


23 posted on 03/30/2014 9:32:54 PM PDT by be-baw (still seeking)
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To: DeaconBenjamin

Fear Not, You no need put money in my pocket. Zlad is coming to save the day. Long live Moldova!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQhyDYQ081U#t=51


24 posted on 03/30/2014 10:14:12 PM PDT by jonatron (This is the Land of the Free, the Home of the Brave.)
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