The New York Times reports gathering in Brussels, European foreign ministers struggled to hold together a united front against Russia over Ukraine on Thursday, after the election of a far-left government in Greece that immediately denounced European sanctions against Moscow. The victory of the anti-establishment Syriza party in Greece has given a boost to dogged but previously unsuccessful efforts by Russia to drive a wedge between members of the European Union and undermine the bloc’s sanctions policy. But the new Greek government sent signals Thursday that it wanted to avoid a bruising showdown in Brussels. Its finance minister, Yanis Varoufakis, said Thursday in a post on his personal blog that Greece’s position had been misunderstood. He said Greece was not necessarily opposed to sanctions, but had objected to reports of a unanimous decision on the matter when it had not been consulted.