UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall warns today that moves by the EU to forge a partnership with Eastern European states and former satellite states of Soviet Russia will be interpreted as a provocative move by Putin.
“It’s a laudable aim to have good relations with our neighbours but we must not forget that Russia is also one of our neighbours and could be a good strategic partner.
“We should not be taking actions deliberately to isolate them. We’ve been here before, with Ukraine. When the EU flirted with the country over further integration it resulted in civil war.
"Putin is no idiot, he will see this for what it is and will regard it as provocative.
"It is yet another example of an overly ambitious and clumsy move by an increasingly imperialist EU, which is acting like a geopolitical superpower without any regard to the feelings of its individual member states or any consideration to the ramifications of its foreign policy.”