Russia accused of clandestine funding of European parties as U.S. reviews Putin’s strategy

The Telegraph reports U.S. intelligence agencies, at the direction of Congress, are going to conduct a major review of the Kremlin’s clandestine funding of European political parties. Russia is known to have loaned 9 million euros to France’s Front National, but the Kremlin is also suspected of backing other far right groups, like Hungary’s Jobbik and Golden Dawn in Greece. U.S. intelligence officials suspect Moscow is funding parties and exerting political influence in Europe in order to undermine European unity, which could then put an end to sanctions on Russia, block U.S. missile defense programs, stop attempts to find alternatives to Russian energy and build opposition to NATO.


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