The escalating crisis in Moldova is threatening to sour Russia's relations with the West once again, reports the Independent. Russia is siding with the Moldovan government in its accusations that the anti-Communist protests—organized by pro-EU youth mobilizing with the help of Twitter updates—are part of a coup attempt backed by EU member and Moldova neighbor Romania.
"When the flag of Romania was raised on state buildings" during the protests, "the attempts of the opposition to carry out a coup became clear," Moldova's president said. "We will not allow this." Analysts in the Moldovan capital accused the government of provoking the protests in an effort to cause a rift with the EU and improve relations with Moscow.