Russia pressures Moldova and Ukraine ahead of signing of E.U. Association Agreement

By Michael Birnbaum, June 26, 2014

CHISINAU, Moldova — A new showdown is looming over former Soviet states’ ties to Europe — the same trigger that has ignited months of violence in Ukraine.

With some of those states planning to sign a landmark deal Friday that will draw them closer to the European Union, the Kremlin is beaming out urgent warnings about the conse­quences.

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