Ukraine's US-backed coup must be seen in context of escalating Nato military exercises on Russia's borders, says Communist Party of Britain international secretary John Foster
Communists called yesterday for Britain to quit imperialist alliance Nato following the “dangerous escalation” in its campaign to destabilise democracies in eastern Europe.
Oligarch Petro Poroshenko has been installed into the Ukrainian presidency to lead a government dominated by fascists as a result of the US-backed coup in February.
A relentless military assault on the Russian-speaking provinces, in clear defiance of the April 17 Geneva agreement, has followed.
Communist Party international secretary John Foster said events must be seen in the context of massive Nato military exercises currently taking place near Russia’s borders.
He said: “These moves mark a dangerous escalation in US plans to turn eastern Europe into a militarily active front line against Russia.”
Mr Foster said Britain should get out of the “aggressive first-strike nuclear alliance that is a threat to the peoples of Britain and the world.”
And he said the situation makes it doubly important to mobilise support for the demonstration against the Nato summit in Newport on September 4-5.
Mr Foster also condemned the “increasingly chauvinistic tone” of the British Con-Dem government’s statements on immigration and its attacks on Islam.
“These follow the electoral advance of Ukip and the rise of extreme right-wing forces across Europe, which itself is the product of worsening labour market insecurity and the use of austerity cuts, deregulation and mass unemployment by the EU to boost big business profits,” he remarked.
Britain’s communists urged the labour movement not only to stand firm against all forms of racism, but also to expose the role played by EU neoliberal policies in fanning the flames.