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Peace campaigners call for new non-aligned movement on second day of the Progressives International summit

PEACE campaigners called today for support for victims of war and the creation of a new non-aligned movement, as the Foreign Secretary called for sanctions against Russia to be kept in place.

On the second day of the Progressives International summit in Athens, Islington North MP Jeremy Corbyn joined with Greece’s former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis and Turkish journalist Ece Temelkuran in launching a declaration calling for peace in Ukraine.

The statement expressed solidarity with all people suffering invasion, displacement and occupation, including those in the  former Soviet republic.

It also included a call for “an immediate ceasefire, the withdrawal of Russian forces and a comprehensive peace treaty guaranteed by the European Union, the United States and Russia.”

The declaration said that it was time to replace all military blocs with an inclusive international security framework that “de-escalates tensions, expands freedoms, fights poverty, limits exploitation, pursues social and environmental justice and terminates the domination of one country by another.”

Mr Corbyn described that statement as “a collective voice for peace, for justice and for human rights.”

Ms Temelkuran said: “I’m proud to be part of this declaration calling the world to sanity.”

Peace activists across the globe are preparing for a day of action on June 25 to coincide with the next Nato summit in Madrid.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss urged a meeting of G7 foreign ministers to maintain sanctions against Russia until it has fully withdrawn its military from Ukraine.

Ms Truss also called for more military help to be provided to Kiev, saying: “We must ensure [Putin] faces a defeat in Ukraine that denies him any benefit and ultimately constrains further aggression.”

She said that a “clear pathway to Nato-standard equipment” needed to remain in place for Ukraine if it was to secure long-term security in the face of Russian aggression.

Ms Truss was speaking after Finland’s leaders announced their support for a bid to join Nato, less than 24 hours after Prime Minister Boris Johnson visited Helsinki to sign a deal that committed Britain to give military help in the event of an attack on the country.

Mr Johnson also signed a similar defence pact in Sweden, whose leaders are also expected to launch their own bid for Nato membership in the coming days.

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