MoD situation ‘myth-busting’ Nato video after Farage feedback on Ukraine invasion | EUROtoday

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The Ministry of Defence has revealed a myth-busting video denouncing the concept that Nato is “encircling” Russia, only a day after Nigel Farage doubled down on his claims that the West had “provoked” Vladimir Putin into invading Ukraine.

In a 31-second clip posted on X, previously Twitter, the MoD’s video introduced the concept that “Nato is encircling Russia” as a delusion, earlier than writing that Russia is the biggest nation on this planet and that “it is hard to encircle a country with 11 time zones.”

“Only 11 per cent of Russia’s land border is shared with Nato countries,” a message within the video confirmed.

Mr Farage, the Reform UK chief, has come underneath fireplace from figures throughout the political spectrum for his feedback in regards to the culpability of the West for Putin’s warfare.

His remarks had been aired in an interview he did with BBC Panorama on Friday and bolstered by a remark piece he wrote on Saturday backing his claims. Mr Farage additionally acknowledged the view instantly after the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

Though he didn’t use the phrase “encircle” throughout both the interview or the remark piece, Mr Farage did declare a number of instances that the “ever-eastward expansion of Nato” had been used as an “excuse” by Putin to launch the biggest land warfare in Europe for the reason that Second World War.

“It was obvious to me that the ever-eastward expansion of Nato and the European Union was giving this man a reason to his Russian people to say, ‘they’re coming for us again’ and to go to war,” he stated throughout the interview aired on Friday.

A day later, he wrote in The Telegraph: “What I have been saying for the past 10 years is that the West has played into Putin’s hands, giving him the excuse to do what he wanted to do anyway.”

He didn’t provide an alternate resolution to the way in which the final decade has been dealt with, prompting former UK defence minister Ben Wallace to explain Mr Farage as a “pub bore” who has no grasp of the complexity of “finding international solutions to problems”.

While Moscow shortly endorsed Mr Farage’s feedback, politicians in Westminster slammed the Reform UK chief as a “mouthpiece” for Putin.

UK prime minister Rishi Sunak, talking after Mr Farage’s BBC interview, stated the Reform UK chief was “completely wrong” and “playing into Putin’s hands”.

Mr Farage, a well known supporter of former US president Donald Trump, who himself is publicly sceptical of Nato, didn’t point out that the bloc can solely settle for nations that request to hitch, versus increasing into nations that haven’t requested membership.

Mr Farage additionally didn’t say that each Sweden and Finland, Nato’s newest two members, determined to hitch solely after Putin ordered the full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Finnish ex-Prime Minister Alexander Stubb stated becoming a member of the alliance was a “done deal” for his nation solely as quickly as Russian troops invaded Ukraine. Their membership greater than doubled the Russian border with Nato.

For Sweden, their determination to hitch ended greater than two centuries of neutrality, such was the risk posed to them by Russia.

And Ukraine utilized for Nato membership solely after Putin illegally annexed 4 areas of south and japanese Ukraine in September 2022, although they’d been promised eventual membership throughout the 2008 Bucharest summit in Romania

Since 1949, NATO’s membership has elevated from 12 to 32 nations by means of 10 rounds of enlargement.