Today's Jurnal de Chisinau contains some interesting revelations from two politicians who formed part of the Alliance for Democracy and Reform (ADR), a four-party centre-right grouping that governed Moldova in 1998. One of the parties was Iurie Rosca's Christian Democrats. In opposition to the ADR were the Communist Party of Vladimir Voronin and the Agrarian (Socialist) Party of the then President Petru Lucinschi. The government was headed by Ion Sturza, who is now a top executive within Dinu Patriciu's business empire.
Valeriu Matei and Valentin Dolganiuc have revealed that in 1998, the EU was asking (yes, asking!) Moldova to sign an association agreement (NB: still unsigned in 2009!), in preparation for accession to the EU alongside Romania and Bulgaria in 2007. The Sturza government made all the necessary preparations and requested Lucinschi as head of state, to sign the application to be submitted to the EU.
He refused. Instead, he used his influence to sack Sturza and replace him with a premier (Ion Ciubuc) who was 'docile and blackmailable'. At around the same time, Iurie Rosca pulled his party out of the alliance, leading to both its collapse and the eventual ascension of the communists to power three years later.
The two interviewees claim that Lucinschi and Rosca were acting in accordance with the instructions of Russia, whose strategy with respect to independent Moldova has been to keen the country unstable and out of the European Union.