Le Pen lambasts EU's 'diplomacy' of threats and blackmail towards Russian Federation

Le Pen lambasts EU's 'diplomacy' of threats and blackmail towards Russian Federation

Le Pen lambasts EU's 'diplomacy' of threats and blackmail towards Russian Federation

The deputy dean of the Faculty of Global Economics and International Affairs of the Higher School of Economics of the National Research University, Andrei Suzdaltsev, speaking to Vestnik Kavkaza, said that Le Pen's visit shows that Russian Federation is an important factor in the internal political life of the European Union in general and France in particular.

Anti-EU Le Pen is among European politicians who have called for closer ties with Putin and approved of Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, which saw the United States and European Union slap sanctions against Russian Federation.

In the meeting with members of the Duma, Le Pen urged Russian Federation and France to work together to save the world from globalism and Islamic fundamentalism.

"We attach great importance to our relations with France, but at the same time we try to maintain equal relations both with the current authorities and with representatives of the opposition", said Putin ahead of his talks with Le Pen.

She made the unsubstantiated claim that Ukrainian soldiers were targeting civilians in Russia-occupied parts of eastern Ukraine in what she called "a war crime".

She also said that Russian Federation and France needed to unite to fight global terrorism, a sentiment later echoed by Putin who has long advocated teaming up with the West to take on the Islamic State group.

But the scandal-tainted Fillon is tanking in polls, while Sarkozy dropped out of the elections, leaving Le Pen as Russia's main potential ally.

In addition, Marine Le Pen spoke about the stupidity of sanctions imposed on Russian Federation.

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The Kremlin also looks favourably on Ms Le Pen, a BBC correspondent says.

Le Pen said in turn that besides the solidarity of the global society regarding this issue "it would be probably also worth to think how to help the development of the African region, particularly Sahara and Sahel".

Le Pen is among the frontrunners for the French presidency, alongside Emmanuel Macron and Francois Fillon.

She said that she had her "own viewpoint on Ukraine, [which is] identical to Russia's". "We are witnessing an agony of the liberal clans after Trump's victory in the USA, and we are seeing them publicly declaring a war on Marine Le Pen".

A meeting with Putin is a coup for Le Pen and could help her burnish her foreign policy credentials.

Russian Federation has been accused of interfering in the U.S. election in an effort to sway results in President Donald Trump's favour, prompting a probe by American authorities.

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