Statement of French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian that the popularity of neo-Nazis in Ukraine does not exceed the average in Europe average is shocking, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova wrote on July 31 on her Telegram channel.
“Now I am shocked because everyone has long known about the Azov battalion (organization banned in Russia), but not about the fact that it is even worse in Europe… Children are introduced to the misanthropic fratricidal ideology, and French officials say that in general, this is the norm: everyone in Europe does so,” Zakharova said.
Zakharova also criticized Le Drian’s other thesis, according to which there is no neo-Nazism in Ukraine because the president was democratically elected.
“This part of the answer causes not only shock, but also laughter. We would like to remind the French history experts that in one European country in the 30s of XX century one man came to power in the most democratic way. The one who later conquered half of France”, the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry noted.
Zakharova concluded from the French minister’s words that neo-Nazism “isn’t a threat” for part of Europe. According to her, this attitude of the European countries should be discussed at international forums such as the OSCE.
As a reminder, Le Drian made his statement about neo-Nazism in Ukraine in response to a request from the head of the French Senate’s constitutional and legislative commission, Natalie Goulet, who had seen neo-Nazis from the Azov battalion (organization banned in Russia) teaching children to assemble and dismantle automatic weapons and urging citizens to fight in Donbass.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency