Farage: EU has blood on its hands

London – British eurosceptic leader Nigel Farage on Thursday accused the EU of having “blood on its hands” by backing uprisings in Ukraine and Syria.

The UK Independence Party chief faced criticism in Britain for his comments, with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg saying Farage was siding with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Farage first raised the issue in a televised debate with Clegg on Wednesday.

He said Britain had encouraged the 28-member bloc to pursue an “imperialist, expansionist” agenda in Ukraine, which had led to the uprising in Kiev and Russia’s absorption of Crimea earlier this month.