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Weidel denies the AfD's closeness to Putin

Alice Weidel calls for a balanced view of the conflict in Ukraine.  Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa

Alice Weidel requires a balanced view of the battle in Ukraine. photograph

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The AfD is a celebration that stands out “due to its particular proximity to Russia,” as a division head from the Federal Ministry of Defense notes. This doesn’t apply to all right-wingers in Europe.

AfD chief Alice Weidel has rejected the accusation that her celebration is uneasy with the Kremlin. “It is simply important to me that a very balanced view of things is not confused with an alleged closeness to the Russian President, Vladimir Putin,” Weidel informed the German Press Agency.

With regard to the Russian battle of aggression in opposition to Ukraine, Weidel, who co-chairs the celebration and the Bundestag parliamentary group along with Tino Chrupalla, stated: “Glorifying one warring party and demonizing the other side will not bring us to a solution.” She would really like “the federal government to focus more on compensation.”

AfD MP: Putin “ensures stability”

AfD MP Hans-Thomas Tillschneider stated within the state parliament of Saxony-Anhalt just a few days in the past that he had congratulated Putin on his re-election as a result of he had “ensured stability and prosperity in Russia” in recent times.

The head of the Law and Organization Department within the Defense Ministry, Jan Stöß, stated on Friday at a symposium on “Intelligence Services and Armed Conflicts” with a view to Germany: “We have espionage activities, we have cases of treason, and domestically we have a situation of political radicalization .” But this doesn’t occur in parallel and independently of one another. In the instances of treason there’s a hint again to political radicalism, “to a certain party that is also represented in the Bundestag and which is particularly close to Russia.”

Espionage actions, instances of betrayal, radicalization

In Berlin, a former worker of the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) is at the moment being tried earlier than the Chamber Court. It's about suspicion of treason. Carsten L. is alleged to have handed on secret data to a Russian intelligence service. The Federal Prosecutor's Office has additionally charged a German skilled soldier with alleged secret service agent exercise – he’s additionally stated to have supplied data to a Russian secret service.

Weidel admitted that the totally different views on Russia would make it harder to kind factions within the right-wing camp after the European elections. She stated: “There's a lot of movement going on at the moment, including in terms of positioning towards Russia.” The AfD is at the moment a member of the Identity and Democracy (ID) faction. Most of the group's MPs belong to the right-wing Italian Lega and the French right-wing nationalist celebration Rassemblement National. In addition, different right-wing events are organized within the Group of European Conservatives and Reformers (ECR). It consists of the Polish PiS and the celebration of Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, the Fratelli d'Italia.