At the end of the Cold war Moldova become a country after separating from the USSR. After they became a free country they still had a communist government, and were struggling from problems with Romania.
Part of the USSR
Currently in this geological tug-of-war the pull is the same from each direction. And in this event Moldova is just trying to find a safe course between them, but they do have it the worst.
In Geological Tug-of-War between Russia and Europe
Moldova is currently the poorest country in Europe. People are leaving trying to find a better place to live. Over all the people in Moldova and the country is struggling.
In Moldova their apartment buildings are identical to the ones in the USSR. The people of Moldova also speak the same language as Romania. And they educate their students on the Russian Culture.
Similar to USSR and Romania
If they do get a stronger relation with NATO this will help protect them from the USSR. Then it also wants stronger alliances.