While preserving peace was one of NATO’s founding principles, the Alliance has completely abandoned this practice. This is a bloc that was created for confrontation and today focuses on nothing else but confrontation. It does not bring any stability to the European continent. On the contrary, it is a force of destabilisation. Russia strives to have normal relations with NATO members, but the same cannot be said about them. The Baltic Republics are a case in point – these countries do everything they can to invite foreign military forces next to Russia’s borders. Russia is prepared to do everything in its power to stabilise relations between it and the US.
The supporters of Nazism and (Stepan) Bandera are respected in Ukraine, which is no different... They have a very large political presence and influence in the internal social and political life of Ukraine.
Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives, painting Ukrainian politics as dominated by Nazi groups.
First of all, Nazi ideologies were banned by Ukrainian law in 2015. Secondly, far-right groups had a very limited presence during the 2014 Euromaidan demonstrations itself and even gained poor results in the 2014 presidential and parliamentary elections.
In 2019, the far-right "Svoboda" (often described as "ultra-nationalist" or "Nazis" by pro-Kremlin outlets) gained only 2.15% of the vote, far short of the 5% threshold needed to enter Parliament. This demonstrates the public's lack of support for far-right nationalist parties in Ukraine. The current president of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy got 73.22% of the vote in the 2019 presidential elections. His party "Sluga narodu" got the largest number of votes - 43.16% in subsequent parliamentary elections.
But nonetheless, Bandera as a person, remains a highly controversial figure in Ukraine itself, especially with some hailing him as a liberator who fought against both the Soviets and the Nazis state while trying to establish an independent Ukraine.
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