UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Russian President Vladimir Putin predicted on Wednesday that some Eastern European countries will withdraw from the European Union by 2028, when they stop receiving donations and grants and start paying them.
Speaking at the plenary session of the Capital Investment Forum in Moscow, the EU compared the former USSR in terms of economic problems and political management.
“In early 2028, some Eastern European countries (unnamed) will reach a level of economic development when they cannot receive grants and various kinds of support from the European budget, but will have to pay as the UK does,” Putin said.
He added: “I am not sure it will not think the same way as the United Kingdom does today (on the withdrawal from the European Union).”
Putin pointed out that “there are contradictions at the moment on the allocation of taxes in the European Union, as a large part of the taxes collected in developed countries goes to support economically weak countries.”
Asked whether the crisis that preceded the collapse of the Soviet Union could be compared to the current internal difficulties of the EU, Putin said that “Russia is interested in maintaining its largest trading partner, the EU, because the consequences of the fall of the Soviet Union were” worse than the most negative expectations.”
As for the political administration, the president said that the number of decisions taken by the European Union administration , which is binding on all its higher than the number of decisions taken by the Supreme Council of the Soviet Union , which are binding for the Soviet republics.
London decided to leave the European Union (Brexit) by referendum on June 23, 2016, and then began negotiations with Brussels, by activating Article 50 of the Lisbon Agreement, which regulates exit procedures.
It was originally scheduled to leave Britain on March 29, but was postponed due to the lack of a final agreement governing the process, following the rejection of the British Parliament.
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