The EU loses its position even though it offers a massive amount of aid to the country and pays a significant part of its budget. However, the public either does not know about this or sees this as a bribing of Moldovan authorities by the EU bureaucrats as Russian propaganda touts this.
During the last decade, Moscow has run a relentless disinformation campaign in Moldova. Still, there are no signs of informing the public about the EU assistance, neither the EU nor the Moldovan authorities.
Moreover, the money paid by the EU for years for the construction and renovation of kindergartens, hospitals, and schools in Transnistria (not in Moldova!) is attributed by the locals to Moscow and seen as Russian investment in the region's development.