Merkel: Links between Russia, EU's rightist parties "cause for concern"
Relations between Moscow and EU's right-wing political parties are a cause for concern, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday during a press conference in Berlin.
"Some questions arise here," she stated. "We have constantly monitored the very strong support that right-leaning parties have received from Russia in one way or the other." "This is a cause for concern," Merkel stressed, according to TASS.
The German chancellor also mentioned the scandal regarding the alleged financing of Italy's Lega party by Russia, noting that the Italian side must investigate the allegations in detail.
Milan's prosecution launched a case based on the publications on the U.S. BuzzFeed website and in the Italian L'Espresso weekly news magazine shedding light on the alleged financing Lega was receiving from Russia, qualifying the case as international corruption.
The main suspect in the case is one of the associates of Italy's Deputy PM Matteo Salvini, head of the Lombardy-Russia Association Gianluca Savoini.
According to the prosecution, his voice can be heard on the BuzzFeed published audio recording of an alleged conversation with Russian entrepreneurs with ties to the Kremlin, during which a possible oil supply contract was discussed. The party could have received the deal dividends amounting to $65 mln.
Both Salvini and Savoini have denied the allegations.