Since the European Union is actively participating in the hybrid war against us [against Russia], it is important for us that it has no consolidated position – so that not all of them together could impose sanctions on us. […] Therefore, we are just interested in getting the European Union weakened.
There has been a complete collapse of industry in Sweden after joining the EU, there was a similar collapse in Finland where GDP fell by 25 per cent after the collapse of the USSR.
Although there had been a slight decline in Finland's GDP after 1991, this was followed by a much longer period of stable growth and currently, Finland's GDP is approximately 100-150 per cent higher than it used to be in the beginning of the 1990s: see the historical data here. "Collapsed" Sweden has 22nd-23rd highest GDP in the world (depending on whether the ranking is by IMF, World Bank, or the UN).