European Union leaders are going to discuss “intelligence” which they claim supports allegations that the Russian government helps “European far-right parties and movements.”
The far-fetched claims form part of a large campaign against Russia, which has included the closing down of Russian state broadcaster RT’s bank accounts in Britain.
According to an article in the Financial Times (FT), EU leaders “are to discuss covert Russian funding of far-right and fringe parties in Europe in light of intelligence findings that show that Moscow is interfering in European domestic politics” on October 21.
Senior EU diplomats told the FT that the intelligence agencies of “several” countries had stepped up scrutiny of possible links with Moscow.
“It’s a serious concern. It becomes an existential concern,” a senior diplomat involved in preparations for the talks told the newspaper.
Opinion against Russia has sharpened since the attacks on the ISIS-held Syrian city of Aleppo—because the EU would rather support the terrorist ISIS against the Syrian government.
Other examples referred to in the article include a 2014 loan of €9 million to France’s Front National from a Russian bank. The FT claimed that the bank was “said to be close to Mr. Putin.”
In addition, “further questions were raised a year ago” when the European Parliament stripped immunity from an MEP from the nationalist Hungarian party, Jobbik, so prosecutors could pursue an inquiry into whether he spied for Russia,” the FT continued. Of course, nothing ever came from that “investigation,” a fact the FT declined to point out.
The Financial Times report then ended its article with the admission that there wasn’t any proof at all for the claims, saying that “no policy conclusions are expected from the EU summit” because the “question of any response is riddled with difficulty, not least because of the covert nature of Russia’s activities.”
At the same time, all the bank accounts of Russian broadcaster RT in Britain were closed down, that station’s editor-in-chief announced today.
The UK bank servicing RT, Natwest, gave notice that it was closing the broadcaster’s accounts, without explanation. “They closed our accounts in Britain. All of them. ‘Decision not to be discussed’. Long live freedom of speech!” RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said on her Twitter account.
An article in RT quoted John Laughland, Director of Studies at the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris, as saying that the move was “part of a coordinated EU policy aimed against Russian-linked organizations.”
Laughland noted that the British government took over the Royal Bank of Scotland Group in 2008, at the time of the financial crisis, and still owns approximately 75 percent of its shares.