OVERVIEW The Republic of Moldova (which was called the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic prior to its declared independence on Aug. 27, 1991) is a landlocked nation in Eastern Europe. The port of Giurgiulesti provides access to the Danube and Black Sea. The nation is bordered north and east by Ukraine and south and west by Romania. Under the secret protocols of the Nazi-Soviet pact in 1939, Bessarabia was considered to be in the Soviet sphere of influence. The Moldavian SSR was created...
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