Marine Le Pen’s far-right party formed a special relationship with the Russian regime as both parties gradually got closer on policy, geopolitics and values, Report informs via Euractiv.

According to the report, Rassemblement National is “totally aligned with Russian rhetoric.”

Le Pen and her party’s position on Crimea is in line with that of Russia, the sources said pointing to Le Pen calling Crimea “Russian” despite Western consensus on the issue.

Travels to Russia, occupied Crimea and the Donbas by Rassemblement National officials before the war in Ukraine – including MEPs Thierry Mariani and Philippe Olivier – are also highlighted.