These two zones are where almost all of Moldova's attention is focused. This is where Moldovans go to work, and from where new ideas arrive in Chisinau. These are Moldova's major export markets and major aid donors. These are the countries whose languages Moldovans learn in school and whose literature they read as adults.
Which is all well and good, except that Moldova is virtually ignoring the 90% of humanity that doesn't live in Europe. Here's 2010 population estimates from the UN's statistics division:
Latin America 589m
North America 352m
There's a whole world out there that Moldova has barely touched. The country only has a single diplomatic representation in the entire Asia-Pacific region (Beijing). This is a worry, as this of all regions is the one with the greatest capacity to benefit from and absorb Moldova's agricultural and horticultural produce. This is where the teeming hungry millions are. This is where the number of wine drinkers is rising rapidly as economic growth brings prosperity to millions of families.
Moldova needs a more significant presence in Asia (and in Africa and Latin America as well). I'm not talking embassies so much as trade representations, whose purpose is to link Moldovan producers with foreign distributors. Just two or three people working the phones and doing the rounds of trade fairs in their host countries trying to drum up business.
Now I know this will cost money, but perhaps some governments would be prepared to sponsor Moldovan trade offices as a cheap but effective form of foreign aid. Why not talk to the appropriate national governments and see if representations can't be set up in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, Sao Paolo, Dubai, Johannesburg and Mumbai?
Moldovans also need to diversify their language and cultural skills in order to address the wider world. English, Chinese and Spanish would be the key languages to learn in order to make the most of the coming century. Once again, a programme of schooling in these laguages would be a worthy recipient of foreign aid, being in reality an investment rather than a handout.
The best thing of all about the markets of Asia, Africa and the Americas is that they have little or no skin in the game with respect to Eastern European geopolitics. They don't care whether Moldova was invaded or liberated. They don't care whether Moldovans speak Russian or Romanian. They won't shut down their markets more quickly than you can say Molotov-Ribbentrop.
And that's got to be a good thing.