|Opportunist and Populist Dutch Politician Geert Wilders|
The far-right opposition MP, who leads the second-largest party in the lower house of the Dutch parliament, said there was "hysterical Russophobia" to which he wanted to provide a counter-narrative.
"Russia is not our enemy, and we should not make it one," he told Dutch weekly magazine Elsevier. "Russia is on our side."
Wilders said it was understandable that Russia feels threatened by the expansion of the northern Atlantic alliance Nato.
"I'm a big fan of Nato and of the Americans, but Russia has a good point here," he said.
The interview comes ahead of a visit early next year of Wilders to Moscow, which has been behind several attempts to undermine the EU and is under sanctions because of the invasion of Crimea and support for insurgents in Ukraine.