Stop the War Coalition’s Latest Statement on the War in Ukraine

I’ve just got this email from Stop the War Coalition, protesting against the escalation of the conflict. It condemns not only Russia, but also NATO for seeking to expand eastward and the thirty years of failed policies that have resulted in the present situation. It states that only diplomacy and a return to the Minsk-2 agreement at the end of the Cold War can end this crisis. It has my complete support, and I am therefore posting it here. I am not a member of the Coalition, but I’m leaving the invitation to join them for anyone who might be interested.

‘Our latest statement on Ukraine
22/02/22

Stop the War condemns the movement of Russian forces into eastern Ukraine and urges that they immediately withdraw, alongside the resumption of diplomatic negotiations to resolve the crisis.

This dispute could and should be resolved peacefully, and that remains the only basis for a lasting settlement, rather than the imposition of military solutions.  That it has not been resolved is not, however, the responsibility of the Russian or Ukrainian governments alone.  

The conflict is the product of thirty years of failed policies, including the expansion of NATO and US hegemony at the expense of other countries as well as major wars of aggression by the USA, Britain and other NATO powers which have undermined international law and the United Nations.  

The British government has played a provocative role in the present crisis, talking up war, decrying diplomacy as appeasement and escalating arms supplies and military deployments to Eastern Europe.  

If there is to be a return to diplomacy, as there should be, the British government should pledge to oppose any further eastward expansion of NATO and should encourage a return to the Minsk-2 agreement, already signed by both sides, by all parties as a basis for ending the crisis in relations between Ukraine and Russia.  

Beyond that, there now needs to be a unified effort to develop pan-European security arrangements which meet the needs of all states, something that should have been done when the Warsaw Pact was wound up at the end of the Cold War.  The alternative is endless great power conflict with all the attendant waste of resources and danger of bloodshed and destruction.  

We send our solidarity to all those campaigning for an end to the war, often under very difficult conditions, in Russia and Ukraine.  Stop the War can best support them by demanding a change in Britain’s own policy, which can be seen to have failed. 

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If you agree with our statement and want to help us stop escalation in Ukraine you can do so by becoming a member of Stop the War today (if you’re not one already) or affiliating your local group or trade union branch.

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3 Responses to “Stop the War Coalition’s Latest Statement on the War in Ukraine”

  1. trev Says:

    But NATO hasn’t expanded East, has it? Putin still thinks Russia is the old USSR. Ukraine is a separate independent country, not part of Russia. I think Putin and his warmongering Russian Nationalist cronies are the ones at fault in this situation, unless I’m missing something? I don’t see how the West are to blame for this.

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  3. Lexicon 1 Says:

    Indeed…

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