UKIP MEPs object as EU hands visa-free deal to Moldova, the poorest country in Europe, in exchange for extending EU military policy onto Russia's doorstep. Another 3.6m impoverished eastern European will have the right to move to Britain, because Moldova will submit to what UKIP calls "the EU's dreams of empire"
Steven Woolfe, UKIP Frontbench Migration Spokesman and MEP for the North West, warned today:
"The European Union wants you to believe that the EU-Moldova Association Agreement is just a trade agreement. It is not.
"And it is not just the first step in an EU visa-free regime which will allow 3.6m Moldovans, citizens of the poorest country in Europe, the right to move to the UK.
"Like the association agreement with Ukraine which set off such a tragic and bloody series of events, the EU-Moldovan Association Agreement is a further provocative attempt by the EU to extend its political and security policy - by which Brussels means military cooperation - right to the border of Russia.
"The agreement will mean Moldova must engage in 'enhanced cooperation in foreign and security policy, with the focus on regional stability, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), international cooperation in the fight against terrorism, conflict prevention and crisis management.'
“Moldova must accept 'the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) of the EU, including the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).'
"All of that actually means Moldova, with its break-away pro-Russia enclave of Transdniestria, must now become part of the EU's bid to become a regional military power. This is a further sign of Brussels' policy of empire building. Russians have long memories of millions who died in the Second World War, so do not be surprised if this gives them reason to resist.
"As the Russian news agency ITAR-TASS pointed out when the agreement was initialled last year, 'the majority of residents of the breakaway independence-minded Transdniestria region /the self-proclaimed Dniester Republic/ and the Gagauzian Autonomous District [of Moldova] speak against a possible association with the EU.'
"This sounds all too familiar. The EU appears to be determined to provoke another version of the conflict in Ukraine. Brussels' dreams of empire may end in violence and death in Moldova."
Information for Editors:
Moldova is the poorest country in Europe. According to UN Development Program report 8.1% of the population was living below the international poverty line of US$ 1.25 a day in 2000-2007 and 48.5% of the population was living below the national poverty line in 2000-2006. As of 2009, Moldova's Human Poverty Index (HPI) is 5.9%.