The Bloomberg agency has analyzed a “guest book” of Russian President Vladimir Putin and made a conclusion that such countries as Cyprus, Italy, Greece, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Spain are ready to abandon sanctions against Russia, Joinfo.ua reports.
The agency noted that in late February Moscow was visited by Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, in early March – by Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. And Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras is going to Moscow in April.
With regard to Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Spain, these countries, according to the agency, continue to oppose anti-Russian restrictions due to the situation in Ukraine. According to Ian Bond, the director for foreign policy of the London Centre for European Reform, most likely, these countries will refuse to maintain the sanctions and will postpone the decision until the last moment, as long as there are no restrictions left.
At the same time, there are a number of EU countries, whose leaders actively advocate the continuation and intensification of restrictions against Russia. Among them are Poland, Great Britain, and the Baltic countries.
It should be recalled that a few days ago, Prime Minister of Poland Ewa Kopacz said that the European Commission was already preparing new, more painful sanctions against the Russian Federation.