For more than a decade, Romanians have become used to seeing — emblazoned on buildings or on walls beside busy highways — three words book-ended by red, yellow and blue: ‘Basarabia e România’.
Bessarabia no longer exists, but when it did it was the land that Russia and later the Soviet Union occupied between the River Prut and both banks of the River Dniester, as far east as the border with Ukraine and west with Romania.
It is the land now known by another name, Moldova.