The tiny country's new president has announced he has removed the EU flag from its buildings insisting "we aren’t even a member of the EU yet".
In an astonishing snub to the EU establishment he has also mandated that the country is to educate all its children on its own country's history.
Igor Dodon, who was voted in as President of Moldova on 23 December 2016, says seven years after an Association Agreement with the EU – the country has yet to benefit from the association.
The new president of Moldova is not a fan of the EU and says he plans to be like Putin
The problem we’ve had for the last seven years is that our foreign policy has been skewed towards Europe, with a clear anti-Russian message
And he says it's time that they looked towards Russia for help amid growing tensions between the EU and president Vladimir Putin's government.
Mr Dodon said: "The problem we’ve had for the last seven years is that our foreign policy has been skewed towards Europe, with a clear anti-Russian message.
"And has Moldova benefitted from that? Not in the slightest."
The 41-year-old says he has mandated that the European flag should be removed from Government buildings focussing on his office and specifically prisons.
oldovan President Igor Dodon visited Russia last week
Moldova abolished the death penalty in 1995 however it has been retained in the partially recognised state of Transnistria, based on a strip of land between the River Dniester and the border with Ukraine, which could account for his comments.
Mr Dodon, who has declared himself to be the "Putin" of the country which has an estimated population of three million, says the EU and his own country's values differ greatly.
In the interview with pro-Russia RT website he added: "We aren’t even a member of the EU yet, we are only a part of the Association Agreement.
During the recent Moldovan elections the sick were encouraged to vote by officials who visited their
"So yes, it’s our belief that the only flag that should be decorating buildings like the presidential office – first and foremost, should be the flag of Moldova. Just a few days after the EU flag was removed, I discussed this issue with several European ambassadors.
"I also told the EU ambassador in Moldova that having this flag up was bad for the EU itself – an EU flag flying above Moldovan prisons discredits the EU and its symbols.
"That’s why it’s a matter of principle."
In a truly stinging attack on the EU, Mr Dodon also declared that Moldovan's have turned their back on the establishment of the Association Agreement due to controversies.
And he said that the country is keen to negotiate a new trade deal with Russia.
He added: "Here’s the thing – seven years ago over 70% of Moldovans supported the idea of European integration and now it’s down by half, to 35-40 per cent.
"I’m going to Brussels in early February and we will be discussing this issue.
"I don’t rule out the possibility of setting up a trilateral platform – Russia, the EU and Moldova – to negotiate this.
"I know it won’t be easy, and finding a solution will take a lot of time.
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"That’s why we agreed today to expand our trade in terms of the number of businesses and goods, which doesn’t mean lifting sanctions.
"Of course, until we agree on something with the EU there can’t be a full-scale return of Moldovan goods to the Russian market. We know that."
Last month when he was voted into the presidency, the socialist politician, said he was set to follow in the footsteps of Mr Putin.
He said: "The only difference between me and Putin right now is that I am not the president, yet, as soon as I become one in a few days, I will run Moldova just the same way Putin runs Russia, I assure you.”