Europe expresses its “deep concern” about Russia’s links with the Catalan independence movement and asks Spain to investigate them


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The European Parliament will denounce this Thursday in a resolution the Russian interference during the procs independence movement in Catalonia and request that the connections of MEPs allegedly associated with the Kremlin be effectively investigated, in a text that has been agreed upon by the majority of groups, including socialists and greens.

The joint resolution on Russian interference in democratic processes in Europe, among other things, demands that Spain investigate the connections between Catalan separatism and the Kremlin, in line with the instruction of the judicial case that indicates that the environment of Carles Puigdemont He established links with former Russian diplomats within the framework of the independence push in 2017.

The text agreed upon by the majority formations in the Eurochamber, according to Europa Press, expresses the “deep concern” of the European Parliament over the “alleged relations between the Catalan secessionists and the Russian administration” and points out that Russian interference in Catalonia “was part of a broader Russian strategy to promote internal destabilization and disunity of the EU.”

In this sense, it indicates that Moscow has organized “massive disinformation campaigns in Catalonia” and points to the “alleged deep contacts” and meetings between Russian agents and members of the independence movement. For all these reasons, the resolution asks the competent judicial authorities to “effectively investigate the connections of the deputies of the European Parliament allegedly associated with the Kremlin and Russia’s attempts at destabilization and interference in the EU”, a reference that fits the situation. of the former Catalan president and current Junts MEP, although he is not expressly named.

Support for Spanish judges

Likewise, regarding the situation of the judges studying the ties of Catalan separatism with Russian Intelligence, the common proposal “deplores” all attacks against the judges investigating this case.

This resolution, which will be approved this Thursday in plenary session, comes after the debate in the European Parliament in which the vice president of the European Commission, Margaritis Schinasmade express mention of the ties of Catalan secessionism with Russian officials, echoing information about “close and regular contacts”, including visits organized between 2017 and 2020.

Schinas asked that the European Chamber carry out an internal investigation into cases of Russian interference, after the accusations against the Latvian MEP also came to light Tatjana Zdanoka for collaborating for two decades with the Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia. “It is the duty of this house to investigate who did what, under what conditions, to play the Moscow game,” he stated in a general request to investigate the alleged relations with the Kremlin but after specifically pointing out the case of the Catalan independence movement.

The resolution agreed upon by the main parties singles out other European political forces for their alleged links to Russian espionage.

Apart from the Dzanoka case, the Eurochamber will denounce the alleged financial support offered by Moscow to National Front in France, the Lega of Matteo Salvini in Italy or the Austrian far-right party FPOas well as support for the campaign for the United Kingdom to leave the EU. It also mentions that a worker affiliated with the ultra Aalternative for Germany and linked to a German deputy in the Bundestag was identified as a contact person for the Russian FSB.

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