Golden Dawn suggests it backs coalition over Russia, privatizations

Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn issued a statement on Wednesday in which it indicated that it supports the government’s decisions to stop privatizations and to block further European Union sanctions against Russia.

“It has always been Golden Dawn’s position… that Greece should not participate in EU or USA sanctions against Russia,” the far right party said. “Our national interests and geopolitical facts dictate this stance.”

The new Greek government objected on Tuesday to a statement by the European Council which called for further sanctions on Russia over the war in eastern Ukraine. Athens is reported to be mulling using its veto at Thursday’s meeting of EU foreign ministers.

Golden Dawn also appeared to back the government’s decision to stop a number of privatizations that had been lined up by the previous coalition.

“We consider privatizations to be selling of our homeland and have previously stated our position against the privatization of the Piraeus Port Authority and the Public Power Corporation.”

Golden Dawn came third in Sunday’s elections with support of 6.28 percent. The extremist party won 17 seats in Parliament even though its leader Nikos Michaloliakos and several MPs are in pre-trial custody.