“The British government has talked up the threat of war continually, to the point where the Ukraine government has asked it to stop.”
Stop the War have launched a public statement calling for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis and an end the “sabre rattling” of the UK government, signed by Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, John McDonnell and others. Read the statement below or add your name here.
By Stop the War
Stop the War opposes any war over Ukraine, and believes the crisis should be settled on a basis which recognises the right of the Ukrainian people to self-determination and addresses Russia’s security concerns.
Our focus is on the policies of the British government which have poured oil on the fire throughout this episode. In taking this position we do not endorse the nature or conduct of either the Russian or Ukrainian regimes.
The British government has talked up the threat of war continually, to the point where the Ukraine government has asked it to stop.
Unlike the French and German governments, it has advanced no proposals for a diplomatic solution to the crisis, and has contributed only sabre-rattling.
Indeed, Defence Secretary Ben Wallace has even accused those seeking a peaceful settlement of preparing “another Munich.”
Instead, the British government has sent arms to Ukraine and deployed further troops to Eastern Europe, moves which serve no purpose other than inflaming tensions and indicating disdain for Russian concerns.
It has also declared that Ukraine has a “sovereign right” to join NATO, when no such right exists to join it or any other military alliance.
Britain needs to change its policy, and start working for peace, not confrontation.
Stop the War believes that Russia and Ukraine should reach a diplomatic settlement of the tensions between them, on the basis of the Minsk-2 agreement already signed by both states.
It believes NATO should call a halt to its eastward expansion and commit to a new security deal for Europe which meets the needs of all states and peoples.
We refute the idea that NATO is a defensive alliance, and believe its record in Afghanistan, Yugoslavia and Libya over the last generation, not to mention the US-British attack on Iraq, clearly proves otherwise.
We support all efforts to reach new arms control agreements in Europe and to move towards nuclear disarmament across the continent.
We urge the entire anti-war movement to unite on the basis of challenging the British government’s aggressive posturing and direct its campaigning to that end above all.
Jeremy Corbyn MP
Diane Abbott MP
John McDonnell MP
Richard Burgon MP
Ian Lavery MP
Beth Winter MP
Zarah Sultana MP
Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP
Apsana Begum MP
Mick Whitley MP
Tahir Ali MP
Claudia Webbe MP
Ian Mearns MP
Pauline Bryan House of Lords
Christine Blower House of Lords
Lord John Hendy QC
Mick Whelan, ASLEF General Secretary
Sarah Woolley, BFAWU General Secretary
Eddie Dempsey, RMT Assistant General Secretary
Daniel Kebede, NEU President
Lindsey German, Stop the War Coalition Convenor
Shelly Asquith, Stop the War Coalition Chair
Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary
Sir Mark Rylance
Joe Glenton, Veterans for Peace
Vijay Prashad, Director, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research
Andrew Feinstein, Executive Director: Shadow World Investigations
Prof Richard Sakwa, Kent University
Prof Alpa Shah, LSE
Prof Natalie Fenton, Goldsmith’s University
Prof Des Freedman, Goldsmiths University
Dr Feyzi Ismail, Goldsmith’s University
Dr Deepa Govindarajan Driver, Reading University
Dr Kalpana Wilson, Birkbeck University
Andrew Murray, Stop the War Coalition Deputy President
John Rees, Officer, Stop the War Coalition
Steve Bell Treasurer, Stop the War Coalition
Chris Nineham Vice chair, Stop the War Coalition
Jess Barnard, Young Labour
Chloe Schlosberg, Peace & Justice Project
Amrit Wilson, South Asia Solidarity
Roger McKenzie, Liberation General Secretary
Jenny Clegg Officer, Stop the War Coalition
Fiona Edwards, Officer, Stop the War Coalition
Fraser Amos, Young Labour Student Rep
Nabeela Mowlana, Young Labour Student Rep
Hasan Patel, Young Labour Under 18s Rep
Mo Suhail, Young Labour North West Rep