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    Ukrainian Nationalists Betray Their Nation: France’s Front National Member

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    A member of France's Front National Aymeric Chauprade said the rising Ukrainian nationalism is alarming. Chauprade also added that Ukrainian nationalists are working against their country's interests.

    MOSCOW, November 25 (Sputnik) — Ukrainian nationalists are failing to safeguard the country's real interests and are betraying the nation, a member of France's right-wing Front National party told Sputnik news agency Tuesday.

    "The real interest of Ukraine, if they were real nationalists, is to be a partner of Russia… And also, of course, to have good relations with the western countries… For me they are not nationalists, they betray [the] nation," Aymeric Chauprade who represents the Front National party at the European Parliament told Sputnik in an interview.

    The member of the French nationalist party also added that the Ukrainian nationalism is alarming.

    Right Sector activists train in hand-to-hand combat on Independence Square in Kiev
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    Right Sector activists train in hand-to-hand combat on Independence Square in Kiev

    "There is good nationalism, which is not aggressive, and bad, which is aggressive… If we are talking about these movements [in Ukraine], like Pravy Sektor [Right Sector] and all these movements, they are dangerous. They are fascist movements. They are very anti-Russian, they are racist movements," Chauprade stated.

    Russia has repeatedly pointed out that outbursts of aggressive nationalism and neo-Nazism in Ukraine have become widespread following the coup in February.

    The far-right Ukrainian National Assembly-Ukrainian People's Self-Defense and the Right Sector, its political spin-off, were banned from conducting activities in Russia by the Russian Supreme Court earlier in November. The Russian court also outlawed a Ukrainian right radical group called Stepan Bandera's Tryzub (Trident), which is named after a wartime Nazi collaborator responsible for mass murders in Ukraine. The banned groups took part in the first Euromaidan protests in November 2013.

    Ukrainian nationalists advocate distancing Ukraine from relations with Russia in favor of partnership with the European Union and NATO.

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