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Nigel Farage Says West Must Stop 'Provoking' President Putin

19/12/2016 12:40 GMT | Updated 19/12/2016 12:40 GMT

 Western leaders should stop “provoking” Vladimir Putin and instead find some areas on which they agree with him, Nigel Farage has said.

Theresa May and President Obama have joined other European leaders in condemning Putin for Russia’s involvement the Syrian government’s assault on the city of Aleppo.

However Farage told Fox News on Monday morning: “As far as Putin is concerned, look none of us would agree with the things Putin does in many ways.

“But we have to ask ourselves a question do we want to go on, particularly here in the EU, and with Obama’s backing, do we go on provoking Putin or do we sit round the table and has a frank conversation with him.

“The great Winston Churchill once said jaw jaw is better than war war so let’s start talking to Putin. Lets see if we can find somethings we actually agree on.”

On Sunday, Republican and Democratic Senators stepped up pressure for a bipartisan select committee to investigate Russia’s role in hacking the US election.

Republican John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told CNN: “We need to get to the bottom of this, and we need to find out exactly what was done and what the implications of the attacks were, especially if they had an effect on our election.

“There’s no doubt they were interfering, and no doubt there was a cyberattack.”

The chair of the Democratic National Committee said Sunday that the DNC was under constant cyber attack by Russian hackers right through the election in November.

Her claim contradicts President Obama’s statement Friday that the attacks ended in September after he issued a personal warning to President Putin.

Last week Labour MP Ben Bradshaw suggested Russia had interfered wit the Brexit vote. However Downing Street said it had seen no evidence of this.