Russia’s Foreign Ministry surprised by French counterparts’ attitude to “Svoboda”
Information and Press Department of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded to the statement by France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius on Ukrainian party “Svoboda”. On March 11, the French Foreign Minister said, speaking live at the radio station “France Inter”, that “Svoboda” party, whose representatives have entered the new government of Ukraine, “is just a little to the right of the other parties”. This assessment has puzzled the Russian Foreign Ministry.
“It is known that the activities of this party have openly nationalistic character. Moreover, it adheres to racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic views, its ideological arsenal includes, in particular, the call to ban the use of the Russian language in Ukraine,” reads the statement posted on the official website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The statement stresses that earlier the West was more objective in assessing this political force and the Russian side is puzzled by the ease with which some representatives of the European Union may change the fundamental positions for the sake of short-term geopolitical dividends.
Thus, the European Parliament's resolution of 13 December 2012 dedicated to “Svoboda” entry to the Ukrainian parliament contained a clear condemnation of the party for the views that are contrary to the fundamental values and principles of the EU. The resolution also called democratic parties of the parliament to refrain from cooperation with “Svoboda”.
Department of Information and Press Department of the Russian Foreign Ministry hopes that “the responsible politicians will not fail to draw the correct conclusions" of the message.