As a result of the annexation of Crimea and ongoing hostilities in the Donbas, the EU imposed three layers of economic and financial sanctions on Russia in 2014. At the upcoming EU summit on 19 March 2015, leaders will discuss whether sanctions on Russia should be renewed or not. As Moscow lobbies for them to be lifted, some EU member states are finding themselves vulnerable to this pressure for various domestic reasons, whilst others push for a harder line. As part of ECFR team, providing view from several national perspectives, CEPI associate fellow Jana Kobzová commented on Slovakia’s changing stance on Russia. According to Kobzová, notwithstanding its scepticism about the EU’s sanctions policy, “self-interest has driven Slovakia to begin diversifying its defence, economy, and energy away from Russian sources.”
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