Europe expresses its “deep concern” about Russia's hyperlinks with the Catalan independence motion and asks Spain to research them | EUROtoday

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The European Parliament will denounce this Thursday in a decision the Russian interference through the processes independence motion in Catalonia and request that the connections of MEPs allegedly related to the Kremlin be successfully investigated, in a textual content that has been agreed upon by the vast majority of teams, together with socialists and greens.

The joint decision on Russian interference in democratic processes in Europe, amongst different issues, calls for that Spain examine the connections between Catalan separatism and the Kremlin, in keeping with the instruction of the judicial case that signifies that the setting of Carles Puigdemont He established hyperlinks with former Russian diplomats inside the framework of the independence push in 2017.

The textual content agreed upon by the bulk formations within the Eurochamber, based on Europa Press, expresses the “deep concern” of the European Parliament over the “alleged relations between the Catalan secessionists and the Russian administration” and factors out that Russian interference in Catalonia “was part of a broader Russian strategy to promote internal destabilization and disunity of the EU.”

In this sense, it signifies that Moscow has organized “massive disinformation campaigns in Catalonia” and factors to the “alleged deep contacts” and conferences between Russian brokers and members of the independence motion. For all these causes, the decision asks the competent judicial authorities to “effectively investigate the connections of the deputies of the European Parliament allegedly associated with the Kremlin and Russia's attempts at destabilization and interference in the EU”, a reference that matches the scenario. of the previous Catalan president and present Junts MEP, though he’s not expressly named.

Support for Spanish judges

Likewise, concerning the scenario of the judges learning the ties of Catalan separatism with Russian Intelligence, the frequent proposal “deplores” all assaults towards the judges investigating this case.

This decision, which shall be accredited this Thursday in plenary session, comes after the controversy within the European Parliament by which the vice chairman of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinasmade categorical point out of the ties of Catalan secessionism with Russian officers, echoing details about “close and regular contacts”, together with visits organized between 2017 and 2020.

Schinas requested that the European Chamber perform an inside investigation into circumstances of Russian interference, after the accusations towards the Latvian MEP additionally got here to mild Tatjana Zdanoka for collaborating for twenty years with the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia. “It is the duty of this house to investigate who did what, under what conditions, to play the Moscow game,” he said in a common request to research the alleged relations with the Kremlin however after particularly stating the case of the Catalan independence motion.

The decision agreed upon by the principle events singles out different European political forces for his or her alleged hyperlinks to Russian espionage.

Apart from the Dzanoka case, the Eurochamber will denounce the alleged monetary help supplied by Moscow to National Front in France, the League of Matteo Salvini in Italy or the Austrian far-right get together FPOin addition to help for the marketing campaign for the United Kingdom to depart the EU. It additionally mentions {that a} employee affiliated with the extremely Avarious for Germany and linked to a German deputy within the Bundestag was recognized as a contact individual for the Russian FSB.