European Commission: Putin is dividing Europe by supporting the ultra-right

Russian President Vladimir Putin is supporting ultra-right parties in order to divide Europe. It was for this purpose that he received Marine Le Pen, a candidate for the presidency of France and leader of the National Front, at the Kremlin.

First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans stated this in Madrid, reports RTBF news agency.

"The reason why Putin supports the ultra-right in Europe is that he knows how it weakens and divides us," he said. "If the EU is divided, it is assumed that Russia will become the leader on the continent."

According to Timmermans, the possible victory of Le Pen in France will be a challenge for the European Union.

"We must wait for the verdict of the French people. I continue to believe in France," the First Vice-President of the European Commission summarized.

Last week, Marin Le Pen went to Moscow. Initially, she had planned to meet with the leadership of the State Duma. However, it later became known that Le Pen met with Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

Out of 11 candidates  seeking the post of French president Vladimir Putin has only found time for Le Pen.

The presidential elections in France will be held in two rounds - April 23 and May 7. 11 candidates are in the running for the post of head of state.

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