“It was caused by several circumstances, primarily the grave economic situation in the Eurozone. Countries of Eastern Europe are in question first of all. As far as I can understand – and I have not been informed about the details of the developments, about the crux of the problem so far – all these countries were admitted the European Union in the past and the EU committed to subsidize their economies,” he said at a press conference following the APEC summit.
“Now apparently someone on the European Commission decided that we must assume part of the burden of this subsidizing. I mean that unified Europe wants to maintain its political influence and that we should pay a little for that. But that is not a constructive approach,” he said.