Brussels fears that after the resignation of Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Italy could become Russia's "Trojan horse" in Europe, columnist Bernardo de Miguel writes in an article for the Spanish newspaper El País.
The publication cited diplomatic sources, according to which the country has recently become a magnet for "neutral theories" that provoke doubt on the EU's position in the conflict in Ukraine.
“The fear in the EU capital is that Italy will at best become a weak link in the overall strategy of confronting Moscow, and at worst a Trojan horse in the service of Russian President Vladimir Putin,” de Miguel wrote.
The authors of the publication explained that Brussels is concerned about the position of Italy, since Rome is significantly dependent on the supply of Russian hydrocarbons.
"The arguments being circulated by some Italian media feed the theory that European sanctions against the Kremlin are only hurting the EU economy, but have no effect on Russian military power," says the publication.
De Miguel believes that with the resignation of Draghi, Brussels was left without support, and Kyiv without a valuable ally.
Last week, Italy's prime minister confirmed his decision to resign. Draghi advocated supporting Ukraine in any way, including through the supply of weapons.
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