Nigel Farage's statements incited anger from Zelenskyy: Putinism virus infects people

A spokesperson from Mr Zelensky's office sent a message to the BBC.

by Sead Dedovic
Nigel Farage's statements incited anger from Zelenskyy: Putinism virus infects people
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Former Brexit leader Nigel Farage is a person who attracts huge attention in Britain, year after year. His comments often tend to be controversial, and that was the case this time as well. The continuing war in Ukraine is causing concern among everyone. Europe fears Vladimir Putin and his next moves, believing that the Russian leader hesitates at nothing when he is determined to achieve his goals. 

Since the beginning of this conflict, the British have sided with Ukraine and have not hesitated to aid them many times. Of course, some hold a different opinion, and one such person is Nigel Farage himself. During a BBC appearance, he pointed out that ten years ago he warned of a scenario in which Russia would invade Ukraine. Farage predicted that the expansion of the European Union and NATO could lead to such scenarios.

"I stood up in the European Parliament in 2014 and I said, and I quote, 'there will be a war in Ukraine.' Why did I say that? It was obvious to me that the ever-eastward expansion of NATO and the European Union was giving this man a reason to his Russian people to say, 'They’re coming for us again,' and to go to war. "- he said, as quoted by METRO.

The former Member of the European Parliament continued to emphasize that this war was provoked, but he did not forget to mention Putin, the key figure since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

 "We provoked this war. It’s – you know, of course it’s his [Putin's] fault, he’s used what we’ve done as an excuse."- he said.

A spokesperson from Mr Zelensky's office sent a message to the BBC shortly after this interview, saying:

"The virus of Putinism, unfortunately, infects people."

Volodymyr Zelenskyy
Volodymyr Zelenskyy© Jam Sta Rosa - Pool/Getty Images

The Ukrainian government cannot be happy with the comments of one of the important political figures in Britain who clearly has a specific stance regarding this war that has been ongoing for over two years. Looking at the situation in recent years, there have been differently inclined politicians in every European country who have often expressed support for Putin and supported his actions. Authorities in these countries consider such opinions dangerous for the future, not only of Europe but also of the world.

Nigel Farage again justifies his stance, considering that some immediately interpret his statements as support for Vladimir Putin. The 60-year-old politician emphasized ten years ago that he admires Putin and his work. Focusing on such comments from this perspective, Farage highlighted he had respect for Putin due to his effective leadership in Russia. On the other hand, he does not want his comments to be misunderstood, believing that every political figure throughout history has had some positive aspects. He isn't happy with the media and public reaction, which quickly criticize someone's stance as incorrect. Nigel is a person who does not hesitate to openly express his views.

"I admired him as a political operator because he’s managed to take control of running Russia. This is nonsense, you know, you can pick any figure, current or historical, and say, you know, did they have good aspects? And if you said, well, they were very talented in one area, then suddenly you’re the biggest supporter."- he continued.

Nigel Farage: Putin and Zelenskyy must sit down and negotiate

Seven days ago, Nigel Farage sparked public anger when he suggested that Ukraine should negotiate with Vladimir Putin. He sent a clear message to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that he should sit down with Putin and achieve the peace necessary for both sides.

Farage stresses that if this war continues, the situation could only worsen and lead to more consequences. The well-known British political figure does not want to see millions of casualties. If this war indeed persists, logically, the number of casualties will increase day by day, which is undesirable for anyone. 

His stance is that only through negotiations and sitting down at the table can a real solution be found. While not someone who particularly supports extensive aid to Ukraine, he believes that partial assistance could be crucial for the future of the country.

His statements were measured, although many misinterpreted what Farage potentially wanted to say. It is clear that the only option for ending the war would have to be negotiations, especially out of fear that such a conflict could escalate into something much larger. A world war is the last thing anyone would want to witness, as the consequences would be catastrophic unlike anything in human history.

We will see how much willingness to compromise there will be on both sides, especially on the side of the Russian leader.