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Zhirinovski speaking with newspaper invites the former Catalan president to his country to prevent the new Euroorder from returning to Spain. The leader, whose name appears as an intermediary in the investigation of the Russian plot of support for the DUI, proposes to send his deputies to Barcelona


Marc Marginedas
– Moscú – Jueves, 14/11/2019 – 09:00

Vladimir Zhirinovski, the leader of the ultranationalists of Russia, has offered former president Carles Puigdemont asylum in his country to prevent the new euroorder from returning him to Spain. Speaking to EL PERIODICO, the leader said: “If you want (Carles Puigdemont) to come to Moscow, come here; here you can live as you wish, you can teach about European History at the Institute of Civilizations.”

The name of the Russian politician, who two years ago demonstrated before the Spanish consulate a few days after the unilateral declaration of independence in the Parliament of Catalonia, appears in the investigation of Judge Joaquin Aguirre as the probable intermediary in the Russian plot of support for the DUI in autumn of 2017. During the interview, Zhirinovski recalled that “some” of the Catalan independence leaders has managed to “save themselves from the international search order”, but “they are in Europe” yet. “If they appear here, we will be willing to receive them with pleasure.”

During the conversation, the ‘ultra’ president has emphasized that he “does not” know “personally” any of the Catalan independence leaders, and that he only supports the separatist movement through “ideas”. However, he has expressed his willingness to send his “deputies to Barcelona”, a response that could be understood as the draft letter written in hand and letter by the ‘convergent’ Victor Terradelles and found by the Civil Guard in his office and in which he was invited to attend the proclamation of independence could finally reach his destination.

The Russian politician has shown to follow in detail the evolution of political events in Catalonia, while aligning himself seamlessly with secessionist parties. “Yes, I am aware that there has been a trial; but what trial can there be? They are a legal power, they obtained the majority in the referendum; we must grant independence to Catalonia; and Valencia too, if they want it; and Basque, and Madrid will remain alone, just as in Britain, when Scotland or Northern Ireland becomes independent, London will remain alone; they are raptured territories, “he emphasized.

Actions in favor of secessionists


After remembering the actions undertaken in favor of the secessionists over the past few years, Zhirinovski has evoked Catalan history: Catalonia “was independent, like Crimea; its language is not Spanish, the people are different, then it became part from Spain and then gained autonomy. “

The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, of ultra-nationalist, populist and xenophobic ideology, is part of what in Russia is called ‘systemic opposition’. They have a representation of 40 deputies in the State Duma, an organ that, election after election,

The Russian politician has shown to follow in detail the evolution of political events in Catalonia, while aligning himself seamlessly with secessionist parties. “Yes, I am aware that there has been a trial; but what trial can there be? They are a legal power, they obtained the majority in the referendum; we must grant independence to Catalonia; and Valencia too, if they want it; and Basque, and Madrid will remain alone, just as in Britain, when Scotland or Northern Ireland becomes independent, London will remain alone; they are raptured territories, “he emphasized.

Actions in favor of secessionists


After remembering the actions undertaken in favor of the secessionists over the past few years, Zhirinovski has evoked Catalan history: Catalonia “was independent, like Crimea; its language is not Spanish, the people are different, then it became part from Spain and then gained autonomy. “

The Liberal Democratic Party of Russia, of ultra-nationalist, populist and xenophobic ideology, is part of what in Russia is called ‘systemic opposition’. They have a representation of 40 deputies in the State Duma, an organ that, election after election, put administrative veto to the opposition forces that truly question Putin. On international issues, such as the Venezuelan conflict, Zhirinovski has taken even more radical positions than the Government itself, which has earned him fame among observers for being a kind of ‘crutch’ of the Government, an “ally” who is dedicated to “launch” ideas of the Kremlin into the public debate as a balloon-probe, in the words of British journalist Harriet Agerholm.

When he demonstrated two years ago before the Spanish consulate in Moscow with a handful of followers – some of whom unable to point Catalonia on the map – the president did not hide that the goal of his support was to reduce Europe. “The disintegration of Europe is beneficial to us,” he came to recognize then.

In parallel, former President Puigdemont has been making statements to Russian media in recent months and weeks in which he sympathized with the Kremlin positions, as support for his cause in European institutions declined. Last September, in an interview with Spútnik, the Russian government agency, the independence leader advocated lifting sanctions on Russia. In January, in another conversation with the official newspaper Komsomólskaya Pravda, he was willing to recognize the secession of Crimea and Donbas, whose pro-Russian militias are backed and financed from Moscow.

In parallel, former President Puigdemont has been making statements to Russian media in recent months and weeks in which he sympathized with the Kremlin positions, as support for his cause in European institutions declined. Last September, in an interview with Spútnik, the Russian government agency, the independence leader advocated lifting sanctions on Russia. In January, in another conversation with the official newspaper Komsomólskaya Pravda, he was willing to recognize the secession of Crimea and Donbas, whose pro-Russian militias are backed and financed from Moscow.

https://www.elperiodico.com/es/politica/20191114/puigdemont-asilo-rusia-zhirinovski-7681475

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