The Russian authorities, supporting extreme right-wing populist politicians across the EU are trying to “divide and conquer” in the EU, said the foreign Minister of Czech Republic Lubomir Zaoralek in an interview with the Financial Times.
According to him, the strengthening of Euro-skepticism strengthens the Kremlin’s strategy to weaken the EU. “We have no doubt that Russia finds ways to Fund it. Russia uses our weakness… We have to find a way to answer,” — said the Czech Minister.
As the Financial Times, the Minister, without providing evidence, said the Kremlin administration had given financial support by the Hungarian right-wing party Jobbik and the National front in France.
He added that populist ideas of right-wing politicians “very dangerous” because “really break” the political line of the EU. “Long-term strategy of Russia — divide and conquer,” — said Zaoralek.
Zaoralek added that is scheduled for June 23 the referendum on membership in the UK in the EU could also lead to a weakening of European integration. “Dissatisfaction with EU membership in the UK… this is a huge opportunity for strengthening the influence of Russia in Europe”, — said the Minister of foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. He also referred to the last conversation with Vladimir Putin, which, according to him, the Russian leader urged him “to beware of Brussels.
“If the [European] institutions is weak, Putin will be able to take advantage,” added the Minister.
Publication failed to receive the operative comment in the Kremlin at the remarks of foreign Minister of the Czech Republic, however, it notes that earlier Moscow denied the allegations of funding the extreme right-wing European parties and politicians.
At the end of March, in St. Petersburg hosted the international Russian conservative forum”, which was organized by the party “Rodina” and “Russian national cultural center”. Among the participants were representatives of the Greek “Golden dawn”, the National democratic party of Germany, the Italian “New force” and other organizations that are considered far right.
As noted then, the Financial Times, the forum was attended by representatives of the most influential right-wing conservative forces of Europe — of France’s National front, a nationalist Hungarian party “Jobbik” and the British independence Party UKIP United Kingdom. FT stressed that while relations between the European Union and Moscow have fallen to its worst level since the cold war, extreme right activists in Europe and their colleagues in Russia share common views on the problems of sexual minorities, immigration and now war in Ukraine.
Earlier, in March 2014, the research organization of the Hungarian Political Capital Institute released a report dedicated to relations of Russia with European right-wing radicals. The experts identified in 13 European countries 15 movements sympathetic to Moscow. They included the French national front, Italian Northern League and the Austrian freedom Party, the Greek “Golden dawn” and others. In 2015 in Poland was established the Pro-Russian right-wing party Zmiana (“Change”). In this case there is only one authentic case of financing of the European right-wing radicals from Russian sources. In the fall of 2014, the national front of marine Le Pen received a loan of €9 million from the Moscow First Czech-Russian Bank businessman Roman Popov.