Moldova holds parliamentary elections with a crucial choice: to build closer economic ties with the EU, or return to Soviet days past with a closer Russian connection. Gavino Garay reports.
Moldova's upcoming parliamentary election on Sunday is divided between European and Russian lines. Opinion polls show the country -- which sits on the southwestern rim of the former Soviet Union -- is deeply split .... between staying on its pro-European path, or changing course and joining a Russian-led economic bloc instead. In neighboring Ukraine, a similar decision plunged the country into months of unresolved and violent conflict. A day ahead of the vote.. Moldovans on the streets of the capital city, Chisinau, were equally divided. (SOUNDBITE) (Moldovan) CHISINAU RESIDENT, VASILE PUICA, SAYING: "Our future is with Europe. I have four children and I see the future of my children in getting an education abroad. I want them to study there, not here." (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) CHISINAU RESIDENT, VALENTINA SAVCHUK, SAYING: "I think Moldova should not get close to anyone, it should develop relations with both Russia and the EU, but remain an independent country, develop it, build its future." Moldova's leaders, however, are confident the country is keeping to a pro-Europe track. But the country's socialist party claims that strengthening ties with Europe would cut the country off from Russia, a supplier of cheap gas.