Lithuania, Poland, Estonia hit hardest by Russian embargo – media
Lithuania, Poland and Estonia have been hit the hardest by Russia’s embargo, Ukrainian weekly newspaper Dzerkalo Tyzhnia reported having analyzed relations between Russia and the EU countries as part of its project titled "The Abduction of Europe."
These countries have been die-hard Kremlin opponents. Not only have they constantly insisted on the need of extending the sanctions, but they have also repeatedly argued for their strengthening.
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The Estonian President has repeatedly spoken out for weapons supplies to Ukraine, "otherwise it will lose."
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President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite said betraying Ukraine would be a betrayal of the Baltic region’s self-interest.
At the same time, such countries as Cyprus, Greece, Austria and Italy have been demonstrating their loyalty to Putin on promises of Kremlin’s significant financial aid, according to ZN.UA.
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Austria has remained loyal to the Kremlin was due to Vienna's reluctance to lose 'shadowed' millions of the wealthy Russians, widespread anti-Americanism and euroscepticism, and the country’s distaste for NATO, as noted in the report.
Italy has also become a strong opponent of the anti-Russian sanctions, repeatedly advocating for their mitigation or elimination.