Unlike Thailand and a few other “developing countries” money isn’t such an important factor in the Philippines.Whether this is for cultural reasons or simply because most Filipinas can speak English I couldn’t tell you. Even though the Philippines is a relatively poor country you can find free casual sex as easy as you can in rich countries with liberal sexual attitudes like Japan and Hong Kong.To this day, the streets of the capital, Tiraspol, are decked out with statues of Lenin and other symbols of the Soviet Union, of which Moldova was a member until its break-up in 1991.US Air Force Gen Philip Breedlove, who is Nato’s supreme allied commander in Europe, said that gave President Vladimir Putin a pretext to send troops in there as a “protection” force for ethnic Russians, just as he has done in Crimea.Vladimir Chizhov, Moscow’s ambassador to the European Union, insisted yesterday that Russia had no intention to move troops outside Crimea, but Nato feels that the Kremlin’s ambitions may go well beyond just Ukraine.
“The aim of Putin is not Crimea but all of Ukraine,” he said.
“There is absolutely sufficient [Russian] force postured on the eastern border of Ukraine to run to Transdniester if the decision was made to do that, and that is very worrisome,” he said at a meeting in Brussels hosted by the Marshall Fund, a German think tank.
Gen Breedlove’s comments came as Ukraine’s new pro-Western government said it feared that Russia planned further military annexations of the east of the country.
Signing the agreement would take Moldova firmly into the European fold, but Transdniester’s unresolved status would make full membership of the EU or Nato more complicated.
Some analysts believe the Kremlin therefore has a direct vested interest in fomenting trouble in the region.