- Mar 2013
The Balkans have to end somewhere, as someone already said. Moldova is too far from the peninsula. If it's debatable if Romania is part of the Balkans, then it's hard to say Moldova is.Why not also include Moldova, though? After all, Moldovans and Romanians are essentially one people and Moldovans also have a history of living under Ottoman rule. For that matter, so do the Hungarians.
It's one thing to be a vassal of the Ottoman Empire, without ever being part of the Empire, it's another thing to be fully part of the Russian Empire for more than a century, then get a break for about two decades, then be part of the USSR and get heavily Russified for about half a century. Plus, the Russian period happened more recently. The last time that region was part of a vassal state of the Ottoman Empire was over two centuries ago.
As for Hungary, it's almost never considered part of the Balkans. It's not even mentioned in the wiki article. Balkans - Wikipedia The map from EB even excludes the predominantly ethnic Hungarian regions of Romania from being in the Balkans (it's hard to notice, because it's white and light yellow), which is silly, but it's a good way of demonstrating how non-Balkanic Hungary is considered (they only did that with ethnic Hungarians living in Romania). The Republic of Moldova is there, but it's never mentioned in the article.