Natalia Narochnitskaya is a former deputy of the Russian State Duma. She was also a member of the Russian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and currently heads the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation in Paris, a conservative think-tank, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to Al Jazeera.
Mehdi Hasan put uncomfortable questions to the Russian politician about Russia’s intervention in Syria and Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and the consequences of these actions for its relationship with Western powers and NATO.
Other topics were: Is Crimea the beginning of an expansionist drive to reclaim the old Soviet Union borders? Is Russia maligned and misunderstood in the West? And is Putin fighting ISIL or protecting the Syrian regime?
Narochnitskaya is a passionate supporter of idea of the so-called “Russian World”. During the discussion she struggled to convince the audience that Russia did the right thing by staging a war in Donbas and annexing the Crimea; and that Russia did not send military units to Ukraine.