Monday, June 24

Commentary by Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson M.V. Zakharova on the results of the European Parliament elections

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From 6 to 9 June, elections to the European Parliament (EP) were held in the 27 EU member States, the results of which will determine the new composition of the 720-seat ‘representative body’ of the European Union for the next five years.

We are forced to note that the European elections were held in conditions of severe restrictions, lack of fair competition, cleansing of the information field of alternative sources of information and an unbridled anti-Russian campaign. Political forces opposed to the thoughtless confrontation with Russia, which is detrimental to the European Union itself, were discriminated against and often subjected to direct pressure and harassment.

The past election campaign was brought to the point of absurdity by the ridiculousness and irresponsibility of the statements made by EU politicians. It seems that not a single mention of the European elections made by the EU bureaucrats was without references to the ‘Russian trail’, Russia’s ‘interference’, the ‘hand of the Kremlin’ and the need for ‘Ukraine’s victory’ in the ‘war with Russia’.

Moreover, under the slogan of countering the alleged ‘interference of Moscow’ in the electoral processes in the EU, systematic efforts were made to prevent the strengthening in the EP of the positions of political parties that defend the real interests of the EU member states and their population, rather than those imposed by Washington. Any expression of disagreement with the policy pursued by Brussels and its consequences for the socio-economic situation in the EU was instantly equated with ‘working in the interests of the Kremlin’.

If there was any observation of the EP elections, it was purely nominal. Thus, the number of the OSCE ODIHR special mission, which had already recognised the compliance of the European elections with all standards, was only 19 people.

However, even under these conditions, many European voters clearly expressed their opposition to the EU ‘mainstream’ policy pursued over the past few years. In a large part of the EU member states, the voting took on a distinctly protest character, due to both support for opposition parties and a demonstrably low turnout. In the leading EU member states, including those at the origin of European integration, there was a significant strengthening of the positions of nationally oriented political forces opposing the erosion of national sovereignty and identity, as well as the replacement of traditional values with neoliberal attitudes.

In the Baltics, citizens disillusioned with EU policies essentially ignored the elections. In Latvia and Estonia, just over a third of eligible voters went to the ballot box. In Lithuania, the turnout did not even reach 30 per cent. The situation is not much better in other countries that are most actively anti-Russian (Poland, Finland, and the Czech Republic).

However, judging by the reaction of the EU mainstream, which by all rights and wrongs still achieved a cumulative majority of seats in the new EP, they are not going to draw the right conclusions there. As a matter of fact, nobody expected it, because the EP has long ago turned into a body serving interests that have little to do with the aspirations of ordinary Europeans. They are used to listening to the commands from the ocean and the wishes of transnational companies, including the military-industrial complex.

In recent years, the EP’s confrontational stance towards our country has degenerated to an unprecedented level of hostility. This European institution, which produces endless anti-Russian texts, has discredited itself and has become an openly Russophobic structure that welcomes all sorts of marginalised people who call themselves the ‘Russian opposition’ and even extremists and terrorists.

According to the results of elections in the European Parliament as a whole, the ‘ideological base’ for further support of the current self-destructive political course of the EU based on Russophobia has been preserved.



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