Two-thirds of French partly blame NATO for Ukraine conflict

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg convenes NATO leaders, both in person and on screen, for a virtual summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)
By Dénes Albert
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More than two-thirds of French people believe that NATO is at least partly responsible for the current conflict in Ukraine, new polling shows.

A survey conducted by French institute Harris revealed that 68 percent of respondents blame the North Atlantic alliance for the Russian invasion — 38 percent think NATO bears some responsibility for the devastating events in the country this week, while a significant 30 percent believe the alliance is largely responsible.

The main blame still rests with Russian President Vladimir Putin, with an overwhelming 96 percent placing the blame at his feet — 87 percent of whom believe Putin is majorly responsible.

Despite the majority citing NATO as the next to blame for the conflict, the poll did not elaborate with targeted reasons as to why respondents felt the alliance was to blame.

U.S. President Joe Biden was ranked third to blame with 62 percent, while Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky came fourth with still a majority (57 percent) of respondents believing he played his part in the lead up to war.

The poll also showed that 94 percent of French people feel solidarity with the Ukrainian people, with the sympathy clearly differentiated along political lines: solidarity is highest among sympathizers of the left-wing populist party, La France Insoumise, and the lowest is among supporters of Éric Zemmour’s Reconquest.

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