Greece among Moscow tar­gets to end sanc­tions

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MOSCOW( Reuters) – Vladimir Putin will step up Rus­sia’s cam­paign to end Euro­pean Union sanc­tions with a visit to Slove­nia to­day, en­cour­aged by signs his tac­tic of lob­by­ing what he views as more pli­ant south­ern and eastern Euro­pean states is start­ing to pay off. The sanc­tions, im­posed over the Ukraine cri­sis, are de­signed to block ac­cess to West­ern credit and tech­nol­ogy for peo­ple and busi­nesses linked to Pres­i­dent Putin. Com­bined with Amer­i­can and Group of Seven sanc­tions, they have made it harder for Rus­sia to weather an eco­nomic cri­sis fu­eled by low oil prices. Sev­eral Moscow-based EU diplo­mats say Rus­sia’s tac­tic of me­thod­i­cally lob­by­ing south­ern and eastern EU mem­ber states is start­ing to se­ri­ously erode the bloc’s unity on the is­sue, mak­ing it po­ten­tially harder to re­new them next time. Italy, Greece, Hun­gary, Cyprus, Slove­nia, Slo­vakia and Bul­garia were among Moscow’s prime tar­gets, diplo­mats said.

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