Moldova's decision to sign key trade and political agreements with the European Union has cost it dearly, as its giant trading partner Russia swiftly punished it through an embargo strangling its farm and wine industries.
Moldova has detained seven people suspected of smuggling uranium-238 on a passenger train from Russia, a highly radioactive substance that can be used to make a dirty bomb, Interpol said on Thursday.
Pro-European parties in Moldova pledged on Monday to pull together a coalition to steer the ex-Soviet country on a path towards EU integration after securing a narrow win in a weekend parliamentary poll.
Voting closed in Moldova on Sunday in a closely fought parliamentary election that will help determine whether the impoverished ex-Soviet republic pursues integration with Europe or returns to Russia's fold.
The new government of President Petro Poroshenko has proposed the creation of safety corridors that would allow eastern Ukrainian people to vote with their feet, creating the biggest exodus in eastern Europe since World War 2.
Moldova's pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniestr on Wednesday called on Russia and the international community to recognise its independence, as fears grew that it could become a new flashpoint in East-West tensions.
Moldova, another former Soviet state with a restive Russian-speaking minority, fears events in neighbouring Ukraine will provide a blueprint for its own separatists, and bring further hardship to Europe's poorest country.
There is another area bordering on Ukraine that is within the Russian orbit although not recognized officially by Russia. As with the Crimea and the Ukraine, Transnistria is regarded as a part of the Moldova but with some autonomy.
Moldova's parliament has voted in favor of compulsory chemical castration for paedophiles convicted of assaulting children under the age of 15. The law, which will come into effect on July 1, applies to foreign nationals as well as Moldovans.
The Republic of Moldova will start receiving 90 million Euros in macro-financial assistance in the following weeks, after the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union declared the readiness of the block to continue supporting this country.