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Humza Yousaf’s awkward Russia Today appearances

STIRLING, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: Scotland’s First Minister Humza Yousaf visits Techscaler on September 11, 2023 in Stirling, Scotland. Scottish First Minister Humza Yousaf meets participants of the Techscaler program, which provides support for individuals in Scotland interested in the startup ecosystem. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - Pool/Getty Images)

There’s nothing the Nats wouldn’t do to give their independence obsession a little more airtime. They’ll take the publicity from wherever they can get it – and that includes the pro-Putin Russia Today programme. It has emerged that First Minister Humza Yousaf appeared on the controversial channel twice in the past, first in 2013 and then again in 2017, when he was transport minister, after the annexation of Crimea. 

The SNP’s minister for Europe at the time, Yousaf talked in 2013 about how his party’s white paper on independence had helped...

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