This “Foreign Policy Speech” by Ruxandra Popescu can be accessed here.

It was originally written for the ATHENA Jean Monnet Chair MSc Course “The EU and the Post-Soviet Space” taught by Dr. Olga Burlyuk. It is published as part of our mission to showcase peer-leading papers written by students during their studies. This work can be used for background reading and research, but should not be cited as an expert source or used in place of scholarly articles/books.


It is the year 2024, Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has continued during this time, but it is broadly unsuccessful. Putin’s last hope to keep his pride, before declaring the war lost, is annexing Transnistria. The Russian troops are already at the border with Transnistria, and Russia threatened with an invasion in the next weeks.


The speech is held by Moldova’s Prime Minister, at the Eastern Partnership Summit that is, coincidentally, taking place while Moldova is also celebrating the Independence Day.


The speech is about urging Moldova’s accession to the European Union in this context, and it is addressed to The President and members of the European Council, to The President and members of the European Commission, and to Heads of States from EU countries. In the audience, there are all also the Heads of States of the Eastern Partnership countries.