The UK acts as an attack dog for the Biden administration by justifying a military conflict with Russia. His latest provocation was a transparent attempt to provide a casus belli, blaming Moscow for the US-induced escalation of the war.
On Saturday evening, the Foreign Office issued a press release, signed by Foreign Minister Liz Truss, saying that Vladimir Putin’s government “seeks to install a pro-Russian leader in Kyiv as it plans to invade and occupy Ukraine”.
Former Ukrainian MP Yevhen Murayev was cited as a “potential candidate”, with links to the Russian intelligence services, alongside Serhiy Arbuzov, former deputy prime minister and then acting prime minister of Ukraine, Andriy Kluyev, another Deputy Prime Minister and Chief of Staff. to former President Viktor Yanukovych, Vladimir Sivkovich, former deputy head of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, and Mykola Azarov, former Prime Minister.
Most of the appointees reside in Russia, whether the Observer was forced to note that “their ties to Russian leaders are less a matter of subterfuge than of public record.” Murayev, Ukraine’s putative president in Moscow, told the newspaper: “I am banned from Russia. Not only that, but my father’s business money there was confiscated.
History has proven that anything from the British government and security services regarding the danger of war and who is responsible must be seen as a pack of lies.
In 2002-2003, the Labor government of Tony Blair provided its services to the Bush administration to prepare the war against Iraq. In March 2002, Blair met with Bush in Crawford, Texas, after promising he would support the war on Iraq and, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell, “suggesting ideas” on how to “present a credible public record on current Iraqi threats to the international community”. peace”, and “dealing with appeals for a [United Nations Security Council] blessing that can increase support for us in the region and with the UK and European public.
MI5 and MI6, with the backing of the CIA, then gathered evidence they knew to be false for other war purposes already decided – the September 2002 dossier claiming that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction and the February 2003 “Dodgy File”, mostly plagiarized. from a graduate student thesis.
Once again, a monstrous lie is fabricated to justify an act of imperialist violence with potentially unimaginable consequences. The same dirty alliance is at stake, with the UK seeking to bolster the Biden administration’s January 20 claim that Russian intelligence was recruiting current and former Ukrainian government officials to take power following an invasion.
British imperialism has always sought to capitalize on its relationship with the United States in order to project its own interests globally. This criminal policy took on even greater importance after Brexit, as a means of countering Britain’s declining global position and meeting the challenge of its European rivals.
Now Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative government, battered by a raging economic crisis, widely hated for its murderous policy of herd immunity and determined to end all measures to even ameliorate the pandemic, seizes of a war campaign as a means of saving oneself. The goal is not to reinforce a supposedly “defensive” struggle by Ukraine, but to create the conditions for an aggressive anti-Russian offensive by the NATO powers.
To clarify this, the Foreign Office press release was accompanied by another portraying Johnson as struggling to establish a new version of Blair’s “coalition of the willing”, this time an anti-Russian alliance.
It centered on criticism from France and Germany, as well as Britain’s greater determination to confront Russia. Presenting Johnson as the defender of a unified NATO, the press release attacked French President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion of an independent response to the Ukraine crisis through a stronger European defense pillar as a form of appeasement. “The Prime Minister has been clear with his counterparts over the past few days that now is not the time in the face of spiraling border aggression to start a conversation about Europe’s strategic autonomy,” he said. -he declares. Johnson’s stated opposition to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline carrying Russian gas to Germany was also noted as “a major strategic issue for European security”.
“The theatrical timing and capricious nature of the intelligence release, which came amid a resounding political scandal at home, raised a more cynical question,” wrote the New York Times, “if some members of the British government were simply keen to distract from the issues that threaten to unseat Prime Minister Boris Johnson… Some Tory lawmakers are warning that Britain cannot afford a messy leadership battle at a moment like this.Tough rhetoric about Russia also appeals to the conservative right, and critics say some ambitious officials are taking advantage of the tensions.
Among those ambitious leaders, the conservative chairman of the Commons Defense Select Committee, MP Tobias Ellwood, told the BBC: “It’s not just about Ukraine, it’s about Putin wanting to establish, absolutely, a sphere of influence well beyond Ukraine itself. …. NATO must develop a new sense of purpose. Defense Secretary Ben Wallace wrote in the Time that Russian “aggression” in Ukraine was motivated by “ethno-nationalism at the heart of its ambitions… Not the straw man of NATO encroachment”.
All efforts to portray Russia as the aggressor are refuted by an official British government briefing entitled “Military Assistance to Ukraine”, published on 18 January.
This noted the major expansion of military relations with Kyiv by the UK, US and NATO, starting with Operation Orbital in 2015, when the UK began training the Ukrainian military , and now encompassing ‘enhanced defense cooperation’, a memorandum of intent on developing Ukraine’s naval capabilities and the release of massive £1.7 billion in funding.
Royal Navy ships have been regularly deployed to the Black Sea region “to conduct joint training exercises with the Ukrainian Navy, most recently in the summer of 2021 as part of Exercise Cossack Mace and in part of NATO’s annual Sea Breeze exercise” – leading in June 2021 to an altercation between HMS Defender and Russian jets.
Britain already leads a 1,200-man battlegroup in Estonia, involving 830 British troops, alongside 300 French troops, and has 140 British troops in Poland as part of NATO’s Enhanced Forward Presence mission.
Britain’s largesse, however, pales in comparison to the $2.6 billion provided by Washington between 1990 and 2000, and around $5 billion during the US-orchestrated campaign to install an anti-Russian government. in 2014 that precipitated Russia’s defensive annexation of the strategic Black Sea port of Crimea. NATO has further intensified its maritime cooperation with Ukraine and Georgia, through a long list of exercises, including Exercise Joint Endeavor in 2020, with British, American and Canadian troops.
This is a policy of encirclement of Russia, focused on expanding NATO membership and stationing military forces and equipment directly on Russia’s borders or within striking distance.
Last week, the UK sent 30 additional Rangers troops to Ukraine and delivered 2,000 anti-tank missile launchers. More broadly, the UK is considering sending hundreds more troops to Ukraine’s NATO neighbors to act as a “deterrent” to Russia, defense sources say. Other NATO member states are considering similar measures, a source told Reuters. Time .
This follows Sunday’s report in the New York Times that the Biden administration has considered deploying 1,000 to 5,000 troops to Romania and the Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, with the possibility of increasing that number to 50,000 troops. The US Navy has now sent the guided-missile submarine USS Georgia to the eastern Mediterranean, where it joins the battle group of the aircraft carrier Harry S. Truman. A US shipment of 90 tons of “lethal aid” arrived in Kyiv on Saturday, as part of a $200 million security support package approved in December.
This is the massive campaign of military provocations in which conservative warmongers are complicit and which workers and youth must resolutely oppose.
As always, Johnson and his criminal clique are backed to the hilt by Labor. Sir Keir Starmer wrote an opinion piece in the Conservative Party organ, the Telegraph, headlined “Britain must stand firm in the face of Russian aggression”.
“Not only do Labor understand the threat posed by Putin’s Russia, but we are determined to support Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity,” he fumed. “For too long, the implicit message in Moscow has been that Putin can do whatever he wants and the West will do little to retaliate.”