West ‘provoked’ Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Nigel Farage claims | EUROtoday

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Nigel Farage has claimed the West “provoked” Russia into its lethal invasion of Ukraine two years in the past.

The Reform UK chief mentioned the European Union’s enlargement in addition to Nato had supplied Vladimir Putin with an “excuse”.

His incendiary feedback got here in a high-profile tv interview lower than two weeks earlier than voters go to the polls.

They are prone to immediate an indignant backlash from politicians throughout the spectrum, who’ve supported Ukraine because it makes an attempt to battle off the Russians.

The Reform UK leader was appearing on The Panorama Interviews with Nick Robinson series (Jeff Overs/BBC/PA)
The Reform UK chief was showing on The Panorama Interviews with Nick Robinson sequence (Jeff Overs/BBC/PA) (PA Average)

In the head-to-head with the BBC’s Nick Robinson, the previous Ukip chief was challenged over his earlier feedback that he “admired” Putin.

Of the struggle in Ukraine, Mr Farage mentioned: “We provoked this war”.

He added: “Of course, it’s his fault, he’s used what we’ve done as an excuse”.

But requested “We provoked the invasion of Ukraine?”, he replied: “yes”.

He added: “Very interestingly, once again, 10 years ago when I predicted this – by the way, I’m the only person in British politics that predicted what would happen, and of course everyone said I was a pariah for daring to suggest it.”

He added: “I stood up in the European Parliament in 2014 and I said, and I quote, ‘there will be a war in Ukraine’. Why did I say that? it was obvious to me that the ever-eastward expansion of Nato and the European Union was giving this man a reason to (go to) his Russian people to say ‘they’re coming for us again’, and to go to war.”

Mr Farage pulled out of the identical BBC interview final week as his Reform UK occasion confronted a row over whether or not the UK ought to have appeased Hitler.

The Panorama particular was set to have been broadcast on Tuesday night time, however it was pulled from the schedules and postponed, regardless of Mr Farage persevering with to marketing campaign in Barnsley and Nottinghamshire.

The transfer got here  after it emerged one in every of his candidates claimed the nation would have been “far better” off if it had “taken Hitler up on his offer of neutrality” as an alternative of combating the Nazis.

A Ukrainian soldier approaches his position
A Ukrainian soldier approaches his place (Press service of 24 Mechanised brigade)

Ian Gribbin, who’s standing in Bexhill and Battle, additionally described Winston Churchill as “abysmal” and praised Mr Putin.

New figures present Reform UK raised £742,000 within the second week of the marketing campaign, largely due to a £500,000 donation from Britain Means Business Ltd, an organization managed by occasion chairman Richard Tice.

The occasion additionally acquired £50,000 from former pop star and Neighbours actor Holly Valance, who hosted a fundraising occasion for former US president Donald Trump in London lately.

The determine dwarfed the £292,500 raised by the Conservatives between June 6 and 12.