Shows who makes the calls in the EU.
With these sanctions Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Bulgaria screwed themselves, every other EU country lost something with the sanctions and Russian countersanctions, doesn't seem anyone gained anything financially.
Interestingly enough, it is Western Eurpoean companies along with Americans that lost out in the sanctions against Russia (not Russian countersanctions, these nailed mainly Eastern Europe/Finland), Western financial institutions held hefty ammounts of rather high-paying and stable Russian long-term obligations. And they were forced to sell them at a loss, well, just because Washington and Brussels decided so. Even funnier is that Russia bought Russia's own obligations back at a discount.
Now with Poland, Latvia and Lithuania I can understand that they just want to "stick it to Russia" even if it means living in the street, but Bulgaria, Finland and Germany have me wondering.
Why would they make that vote when it goes against their national interests? They don't care about Ukraine. Maybe someone from higher up is telling them what to do?
P.S. I'd also like to add a major point that nobody in the Russian or Western media bothers to ponder on: Russia's sanctions, ban of agricultural goods from the EU are more damaging than the figures we are given.
All these analysts only bother to count "Poland used to sell 500 apples for $500 to Russia a year, so Poland lost $500."
No, look deeper.
Polish farmers took out bank loans for farm equipment, fertilizer and so on so they could produce these 500 apples and calculating that these 500 apples would be bought by Russia for $500. When Russia banned them, conveniently right before harvest, the most these farmers could get for these 500 apples is say $250. But they still have that interest and loans to pay off...
Makes you think what the real damage is, eh?
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