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Volume 52 Number 9, May 1, 2022 ARCHIVE HOME JBCENTRE SUBSCRIBE

Fight for an Anti-War Government

US and Britain are Leading the NATO Countries in a Proxy War against Russia

In what was reported as the "highest-level meeting" between the US and Ukraine since the start of Russia's military operation in Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and US Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin took a train from Poland to Kyiv where they met with Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President of the Ukraine, on Sunday, April 24. There, it was reported, they pledged to increase further the military financing to Ukraine from NATO partners and said that US diplomats would start returning to Ukraine this week. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss said on Wednesday that the West must be prepared "for the long haul" in the Ukraine war as she called on NATO allies to increase military supplies to Kyiv.

These announcements come at a time when what is needed is to seek out a negotiated peace between Ukraine and Russia. What is becoming clearer is that the US and Britain are leading the NATO countries in a proxy war against Russia. This is confirmed by reports of the meeting [1] stating that the US Defence Secretary "did not call for a peace settlement but rather stepped up his rhetoric against Russia as the conflict enters its third month". The US officials believe that Ukraine can win the conflict "if they have the right equipment" and the "right support". The US pledged another $713million in foreign military financing for Ukraine and 15 allied and partner countries; some $322million of that being earmarked for Kiev with the remainder split among NATO members that have provided Ukraine with "critical military supplies since the war with Russia began".


Mastiff Armoured patrol vehicles used in Britain's wars of occupation being sent to Ukraine

At the start of the conflict, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson was among the first to announce military funding to Ukraine. Britain also played a leading role in establishing on February 25 an International Donor Co-ordination Centre in Stuttgart to provide "lethal aid", immediately providing 2.5 million items of military weapons and equipment to Ukraine, amounting to more than £1.5 billion. On his recent trip to India, Boris Johnson revealed that Britain is also training Ukrainian troops at an unnamed military base in England as well as training Ukrainian troops in Poland. Since the Maidan coup in 2014 which brought to power an anti-Russian regime in Ukraine and its war against the Donbas, Britain has trained over 22,000 personnel as part of Operation Orbital and the UK-led Maritime Training Initiative. This support was stepped up in 2021 when Britain and Ukraine signed a bilateral treaty on HMS Defender, which released £1.7bn of financing in support of the Ukrainian Naval Capabilities Enhancement Programme. It was HMS Defender that entered Crimean waters in Operation Sea Breeze 21 [2] as a provocation against Russia. This operation was aimed at inciting Ukraine against its neighbour and to sell British warships. The operation openly declared its aim against "Russia's illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea and denounces its temporary occupation".

All this exposes the mindset of the pro-war British government which is only too happy to claim that it is seeking the lead in military matters and to sell its military hardware. It has no control over the outcome of its warmongering actions, which are threatening the most dangerous escalation of the war. Britain is acting in lock-step with the US and NATO in not paying heed to Russia's political aims in the conflict. Britain paid no heed to Russia's proposals to resolve the conflict before its military action in Ukraine. Instead, it incited Ukraine not to resolve the conflict before it started and is now inciting Ukraine not to be serious in pursuing negotiations for a lasting peaceful outcome. Instead, Britain, is itself contributing to the false-flag war crimes alleged to be committed by Russia, and is sending lethal weapons, training troops, strengthening its de facto backing of the neo-Nazi forces, and overall prolonging the conflict to the detriment of the Ukraine peop le themselves.

Britain's response is revealing its nature as a pro-war government, and that the crimes being committed in Ukraine further the aims of US/NATO war oligopolies, including those of Britain, who make vast profits from military industries. As well as profiteering from weapons of mass destruction, it is these forces which hold the reins of power and are able to spread disinformation about what is right and what is wrong. However, the future does not lie with them but with the world's peoples who desire peace, justice and security, and are striving to bring into being modern arrangements which are anti-war, and truly match the high ideals which the warmongers claim they are following.

Notes
1.Daily Mail online - April 25 2022
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10751233/We-want-Russia-weakened-Defense-Secretary-Lloyd-Austin-says.html
2. "NATO Operation Sea Breeze 21 in the Black Sea: US, Britain, NATO - Get Out of the Black Sea!" - July17, 2021
http://www.rcpbml.org.uk/wwie-21/ww21-21/ww21-21-05.htm


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