Farage: NATO expansion 'provoked' Ukraine war

Let's look at the man who you said was the statesman you most admire. Why? I said Vladimir Putin? Hold a second. I said I disliked him, but you said you admired him. I said I disliked him, but you admired him as a person. But I admired him as a political operator because he's managed to take control of running Russia. When Vladimir Putin sent his troops across the border in 22, you blame the West, not him, You said. I'll just read it to you and then you can react that on a tweet. It was a consequence of EU and NATO expansion, a judgement you stand by, right? I'll tell you what you don't know. I stood up in the European Parliament in 2014 and I said and I quote, there will be a war in Ukraine. Why did I say that? It was obvious to me that the ever eastward expansion of NATO and the European Union was giving this man a reason to his Russian people to say they're coming for us again and to go to war. But you were echoing him. I was sorry. You were echoing him. That's what Putin says. No, no, sorry. I've been saying this actually, actually since the 1990s, ever since ever since. So he, but hang on a second, we've provoked this war. It's, you know, of course it's his fault. He's used what? But we provoked the invasion of Ukraine. Very interestingly, once again, 10 years ago when I predicted this, by the way, I'm the only person in British politics that predicted what would happen. And of course everyone said I was a pariah for daring to suggest it. George Robertson, former Labour Cabinet minister who went on to become the secretary general of NATO, has in the last couple of weeks said the war is a direct result of EU expansion. Can I ask you about, because it's your judgement you want to be Prime Minister, let me ask you someone else. My my judgement has been way ahead of everybody else's in understanding this.

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