Thierry Mariani

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Thierry Mariani is a French politician, a member of the radical right-wing, anti-EU and pro-Russian party, the National Rally, led by Marine Le Pen. Mariani is the head of the openly pro-Kremlin French-Russian Dialogue Association. In 2014, Mariani visited the annexed Crimea and met with Russian President Putin. He was also a so-called ‘observer’ in illegal Russian elections in the occupied Donbas. In 2022, Mariani criticized Europe for weapons delivery to Ukraine, while without aid, Ukraine would be left defenceless, which would benefit Russia.

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Mariani’s views on Russia have been characterized as pro-Russian, and he has been accused of spreading Russian propaganda in France. He has frequently visited Russia and praised the country’s leadership, particularly President Vladimir Putin. Mariani has supported Russia’s annexation of Crimea and has been critical of Western sanctions against Russia. He has also been accused of downplaying Russia’s role in the conflict in eastern Ukraine and spreading disinformation about the Ukrainian government.

Thierry Mariani was featured on French TV, commenting on the Russia-Ukraine war. Thierry Mariani says that the war must be stopped, and talks must start. But he failed to demand the withdrawal of Russian invading troops, which illegally occupied Ukrainian territories. The pro-Russian politician criticized Europe for weapons delivery to Ukraine. Without weapons, Ukraine could not fight against the Russian attacks.

Thierry Mariani repeated the Russian propaganda narratives, including that Moscow feels threatened by the expansion of NATO to justify the war in Ukraine.

Thierry Mariani is the head of the openly pro-Kremlin French-Russian Dialogue Association. Thierry Mariani has been long known for his pro-Russia stance: in 2014, he visited the annexed Crimea and met with Russian President Putin. He was also a so-called ‘observer’ in illegal Russian elections in the occupied Donbas.

In the summer of 2016, Thierry Mariani led a group of 11 MEPs (Members of the European Parliament) to visit Crimea, a territory illegally annexed by Russia; furthermore, this visit was condemned by both Ukrainian and French foreign ministries.

Thierry Mariani serves as co-president of the pro-Kremlin French-Russian Dialogue Association and has occupied, until 2018, a seat on the “ethics committee” of the Kremlin-funded media outlet Russia Today (RT). He served on a board of CFG Capital, engaged in a joint economic investment fund with Russian oligarch Konstantin Malofeev’s Marshall Capital; both Malofeev and Marshall have been under US sanctions since 2014.

Thierry Mariani, a French politician known for his pro-Russian views, has been accused of participating as a fake observer in Russia-organized phoney referendums in annexed Ukrainian territories.

In 2014, during the early stages of the conflict, he visited Crimea and praised the “professionalism” of Russian forces there. He has also criticized the Western sanctions imposed on Russia and has called for an end to the “demonization” of Russia.

In 2015, he was part of a delegation of French lawmakers who visited Moscow and met with Russian officials, including Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. He also met with the self-proclaimed leaders of the separatist regions in eastern Ukraine, which were not recognized by the international community.

Mariani’s ties to Moscow have come under scrutiny, notably his close relationship with Russian businessman Konstantin Malofeev, who is under European Union sanctions for his role in the conflict in Ukraine. Mariani has been accused of accepting money from Malofeev to finance his political campaigns and serving as a mouthpiece for the Russian government in France.

In a 2015 interview with the Russian state-owned media outlet RT, Mariani stated that he believed Crimea had “always been Russian” and criticized the West’s response to the annexation. He has also called for an end to Western sanctions against Russia and closer ties between France and Russia. In a 2017 interview with the Russian news agency TASS, Mariani expressed support for the Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine and accused the Ukrainian government of being controlled by “neo-Nazis.”

Thierry Mariani’s political stance in France is one of Euroscepticism and nationalism, focusing on tighter immigration controls and closer ties with Russia. His views on Ukraine and Russia have been controversial, and he has been accused of spreading Russian propaganda in France.

 

 

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