The Bloomberg agency citing opinion polls reports on the declining determination of Europeans to support Ukraine amid worsening economic situation in their own countries.
The publication cites data from an analysis of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), according to which the average cost of living in Europe increased by almost 7% of consumption in 2022. An opinion poll carried out in ten European countries in May showed that 42 per cent of respondents believed that their governments were paying “too much attention” to Ukraine as compared to their domestic problems. In Romania and Poland the figures exceeded 50%.
“Europeans see the rising cost of living and energy prices as the main problems associated with hostilities, along with the use of nuclear weapons,” Bloomberg wrote.
A Forsa poll in July showed that in Germany the number of those who support the embargo on Russian gas dropped sharply to just under a third of those surveyed, down from 44 percent six weeks earlier.
The publication stresses that European leaders should “clarify their goals” in Ukraine and openly warn residents of their countries about future costs.
It is noteworthy that the US publication Politico earlier reported that Russian President Vladimir Putin was not wrong in concluding that the West would start abandoning Ukraine as its own economic problems grow.
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