Former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom she accused of weakening Europe.
Clinton gave a speech at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, where she received an honorary degree on Friday.
Speaking to an audience of students, she criticized US President Donald Trump and Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
“Vladimir Putin has positioned himself as the leader of an authoritarian, white supremacist and xenophobic movement that wants to end the EU, weaken traditional US alliances and undermine democracy,” Clinton said.
“We can see this authoritarian movement emerging in the Kremlin, reaching across Europe and beyond. It is encouraging right-wing, separatist, racist and even neo-Nazi nationalists,” she continued.
This has become the common line in the democratic party, but even among ostensible critics of imperialism who have gone the way of Russophobia and neo-McCarthyism.
Contrary to this, in 2016, Russian envoy Vladimir Chizhov said that Russia wants the EU to remain intact and to become strong.
“We want to see the EU united, powerful, with a positive attitude towards our country and, importantly, more independent in making decisions,” he said at the time. He reiterated this position in March 2017.
In February 2018, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov also reiterated Moscow’s position on the EU.
“Europe is still our biggest partner – and an investment partner,” he told Euronews. “We want to see Europe as powerful and stable as our biggest trading and economic partner, despite all the events of the last three years.”
Clinton once again stated that the Russian meddling was the reason for her defeat in the elections. She said that Moscow’s interference in the 2016 presidential election was “more than alarming” and threatened all democracies, according to a report from the Irish news website RTE.
Clinton also criticized Trump, saying the current administration is “determined to wage a war against the rule of law,” “undermining truth and reason,” and “perpetrating blatant corruption.”
Before the speech, Clinton met with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to discuss “gender equality issues,” according to the Irish Independent. The Irish people, on May 26, voted en masse for the decriminalization of abortion.