For the first time in history, an overwhelming majority of Serbian citizens are against their country joining the European Union, research conducted by the Ipsos Agency has shown. The reason for that is the pressure being put on Serbia by the EU regarding sanctions against Russia.

According to the research conducted by the aforementioned agency, 44% of citizens are opposed to European integration, 35% support it, and the remaining 21% didn’t know or didn’t wish to say. Historically, support for joining the EU has dipped in the times of crisis — when the pressure regarding Kosovo increased, or when the coronavirus was declared a pandemic. Still, the previous several weeks saw the largest dip in support ever recorded.