The United Kingdom warned Russia that if it continues to seek divide and rule in Europe then a new cold war may emerge. The United States will also launch an investigation on alleged clandestine funding of European anti-establishment parties to undermine NATO.
American intelligence agencies will investigate suspected Kremlin funding of political parties in Europe. According to The Telegraph, the US Congress already ordered US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to do a complete review of Russian clandestine funding of European parties for the past ten years.
The investigation is a reflection of the increasing concerns from the West that Russia is trying to create discord in the European region, specifically, to go against NATO. Undermining the organization will also allow the Kremlin to stop economic sanctions against it along with US missile defense programs. According to reports, the Kremlin also wants to discourage attempts in looking into alternative energy sources.
British government officials explained to The Telegraph that the decision of the United States is in light of the mounting concerns that a new cold war is shaping into the horizon.
“It really is a new Cold War out there,” explained the source.
“Right across the EU we are seeing alarming evidence of Russian efforts to unpick the fabric of European unity on a whole range of vital strategic issues.”
It was also reported that a dossier of “Russian influence activity” confirmed Russian influence operations happening in Hungary, Netherlands, France, Czech Republic and Austria.
American intelligence will look further into Russian security services specifically if their funding and charities were conducted to undermine political unity and ruin NATO alliance. The officials did not reveal which parties will be under investigation but The Telegraph suggests that some parties that could be included are: Northern League in Italy, Jobbik in Hungary, Front National in France and Dawn in Greece.