I wondered why Moldova's southern border — clearly intentionally not letting it reach the Black Sea — was drawn that way. After rephrasing my question in different ways, filtering out the pro-NATO b.s., this is what Bing Co-Pilot finally came up with:


Let's explore the historical and geopolitical context behind
Moldova's southern border:

  1. Ancient

    • Moldova's
      territory was inhabited by ancient Dacians, and Moldovans
      identify themselves with their ancestors.

    • During
      classical antiquity, Carpian tribes also inhabited Moldova's

  1. Roman
    and Byzantine Influence

    • Between
      the 1st and 7th centuries AD, the southern part of Moldova
      intermittently came under the control of the Roman and later
      the Byzantine Empires.

    • Due
      to its strategic location on a route between Asia and Europe,
      Moldova faced invasions by various groups, including the Goths,
      Huns, Avars, Magyars, Pechenegs, Cumans, and Mongols1.

  1. Russian
    Annexation of Bessarabia

    • In
      1812, following one of several Russian–Turkish wars, the
      eastern half of Moldova, known as Bessarabia, was annexed by
      the Russian Empire.

    • The
      Treaty of Adrianople in 1829 pushed Russia's frontier south to
      include the Danube delta, further altering Moldova's
      southern border2.

  1. Moldavian
    Democratic Republic and Union with Romania

    • In
      1918, Bessarabia briefly became independent as the Moldavian
      Democratic Republic

    • Following
      the decision of the Parliament (Sfatul Țării), it united with

    • However,
      during World War II, Bessarabia was occupied by the Soviet
      , which reclaimed it from Romania1.

  1. Post-Soviet

    • In
      1991, after the dissolution of the USSR, Moldova declared
      independence as the Republic of Moldova.

    • Despite
      its lack of direct access to the Black Sea, Moldova maintains
      connections through its river basins and geopolitical ties1.

summary, Moldova's southern border has evolved over centuries due to
historical events, territorial shifts, and geopolitical influences.
Its current configuration reflects a complex interplay of factors
that have shaped its identity and position in Eastern Europe1


– Wikipedia

of Moldova – Wikipedia

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