Saturday, 28 January, 2023

Lavrov says Europe is involved in processes of neo-Nazism revival

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has said that Europe is part of the processes of the neo-Nazism revival across the world, and that has been displayed by the crisis around Ukraine.

He made the statement in an interview that he gave for a film titled Nazism Under Investigation, which was published on the Foreign Ministry’s website on Saturday.

"I assume that Europe is part of the processes of neo-Nazism revival. It’s hard to make other conclusions," he said.

"French President Emmanuel Macron recently asked why Ukraine should live according to the model that Russia ‘imposes’? A telling statement. In the years that followed the coup, he did not ask why Russians in Ukraine should live according to the model that’s imposed by neo-Nazis - an obvious double standard. Without shame, this is uttered by the mouth of a man who at this stage seeks to be the top politician in Europe. Amazing!" the minister said.

According to Lavrov, Europe is "playing" together with the United States. He also said that the EU has almost no independence left as Washington has taken over Brussels.

"There are almost no independent voices left in the European Union. French President Macron occasionally, but increasingly less frequently, tries to bring up EU's ‘strategic autonomy.’ No one will allow them to create any kind of autonomy, much less a strategic one," the minister said.

Lavrov said that European leaders also "encourage" the Ukrainian authorities display neo-Nazi manifestations. For example, European Council President Charles Michel, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg regularly say that there is a struggle for European values in Ukraine, and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky "defends freedom and democracy."

"In the same way, they supported the essentially neo-Nazi coup of 2014, which was aimed at canceling everything Russian on Ukrainian territory. Subsequently, this was enshrined in numerous laws prohibiting Russian education, news media and culture. Today, they support the slogans under which Zelensky carries out his campaign and rule," Lavrov said.