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Moldova fears Russia may try to link to breakaway region: ex-PM

Chiril Gaburici says his small nation cannot afford to antagonize Moscow

Members of a guard of honor hold the Moldovan flag during a ceremony in the country's capital, Chisinau. The ex-Soviet nation fears its small size and limited military could make it vulnerable to possible aggression from places such as Russia.   © Reuters

ISTANBUL -- On Moldova's Independence Day several years ago, government leaders and diplomats from around the world were watching a military parade in the ex-Soviet nation's capital, Chisinau.

After a handful of tanks passed, a Russian diplomat cracked a sarcastic joke.

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