A report is claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin has far-reaching plans to secretly rule Europe via a covert operation with the title: “Putin: the new leader of international conservatism.”
Sources in the German intelligence agency said the country’s eurosceptic party, Alternative for Germany (AfD), is being convinced by Russian secret agents as part of a wider-reaching plan to “to construct a network of right-wing populism in western Europe,” reported The Express, citing German newspaper BILD.
BILD reported that Moscow’s Centre for Strategic Communications drafted up a blueprint for the covert operation with the title, “Putin: the new leader of international conservatism.”
“In Europe Putin dreams – and he has said this publicly – of having a sphere of influence across the continent all the way down to Portugal,” BILD states.
According to the report, Putin has met secretly with the leaders of several right-wing parties from France, Bulgaria, and Austria. Vladimir Jakunin, a Russian politician and close friend of Putin, is allegedly behind the plan to go after right-wing European parties.
This, however, somewhat contrasts with what Putin said on Wednesday. “We are not threatening anyone and are not planning to get involved in any geopolitical games, intrigues and especially conflicts, no matter who would want to pull us into them,” Putin told reporters in Sochi, reported state-run RT.com.
Meanwhile, Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite has said that Russia is a “terrorist state”
“Lithuania is one of the countries that recently walked a difficult road towards the restoration of independence. We know that today Ukraine is fighting for peace in Europe, for all of us,” Grybauskaite said. “If a terrorist state that is engaged in open aggression against its neighbor is not stopped, then that aggression might spread further into Europe.”
She said the rest of Europe could be at risk amid fighting in Ukraine, reported the Baltic Times.
“Every nation has a right to have its own state and no one can dictate how it should live, regardless of whether a country is big or small. Hence we must clearly tell the current Kremlin and the current Russian leadership that such actions will never be tolerated,” added Grybauskaite.
And on Wednesday, NATO commander U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said Russian’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in Ukraine could be used to exert control over the Black Sea.
Breedlove said Russian military assets that are currently being set up in Crimea would have an effect on “almost the entire Black Sea,” The BBC reported.