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Moldovan President-elect Igor Dodon

Russia’s headway in the Balkans

While the world was preoccupied with the presidential election in the United States, two others took place in Southeastern Europe. In both countries – Bulgaria and Moldova – pro-Russian candidates won. The victories play into Moscow’s hands. For some 200 years, Russia’s strategy has been to gain access to the Mediterranean through a system of alliances in the Balkans.

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