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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

NO WAR OVER UKRAINE! BUILD THE MOVEMENT TO STOP US-NATO WAR-MONGERING!

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Resist US-Led War Movement condemns US-NATO aggression and military build-up to war with Russia over Ukraine. We stand with the people of the world demanding genuine engagement in diplomatic negotiations paired with tangible action toward de-escalation of the conflict.

For any negotiations to be taken seriously, they must include an end to U.S.-NATO moves that contribute to hostilities in the region.Β This includes ending NATO multi-lateral naval exercises such as Neptune Strike 22 in the Mediterranean Sea this week involving a U.S. nuclear aircraft carrier; plans for Mission Clemenceau 22 in February involving French, Italian and U.S. aircraft carriers and a nuclear-armed submarine; and plans for Defender Europe 22 from May to mid-June involving 33,000 troops from 26 countries rehearsing rapid deployment of large combat units. This also includes putting a stop to the massing of arms to Ukraine; not only have at least $650 million worth of weapons been provided directly by the U.S., but NATO members Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland are also transferring U.S. tanks, missiles and other weapons to Ukraine.Β  The U.S.-NATO military advisors already in Ukraine must be removed and the 8,500 troops that U.S. President Joe Biden recently ordered to be on β€œhigh alert” for deployment to Eastern Europe must be called off.Β 

Actions must be taken to cool off the conflict now, but long-term peace will not be achieved without dismantling NATO.Β  One of the most contentious points is the threatened expansion of NATO right at the border of Russia, should Ukraine join the alliance.Β  Since its founding in 1949, NATO has acted as an armed wing of US-led war and imperialism, mobilizing its member states in North America and Europe to unleash lethal military campaigns in the name of β€œcollective defense, crisis management and cooperative security” with an explicit purpose to surround and contain Russia. This has led to the building up of bases and military installations in the Black, Baltic and Mediterranean Seas; recruitment of former Soviet member countries such as Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; and the propping up of U.S.-friendly and fascist governments in nearby Poland, Hungary and Ukraine.Β  Select NATO countries like Germany and France critical of Ukrainian weapons transfers are silenced to maintain the facade of a united NATO attitude of war posturing.Β  It’s clear the US seeks to maintain NATO as the same military trump card against Russia as it was used during the Cold War.Β 

To uphold Ukraine’s sovereignty we must end U.S. intervention.Β  Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken stated: β€œWe make clear that there are core principles that we are committed to uphold and defend, including Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the right of states to choose their own security arrangements and alliances.” This couldn’t be further from the truth.Β  Given the geopolitical and economic importance of Ukraine in the region, the U.S. has been trying to exert influence over the country since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Through threats of sanctions, to stoking Russophobia in the academe and among NGOs through billions of dollars in grants, pushing Ukraine to join NATO, and heavily arming Ukraine, the U.S. has contributed to destabilization under the guise of democratizing the country, securing its economy, and protecting it from invasion.

Resist US-Led War Movement joins the people in demanding U.S.-NATO Out of Ukraine! Respect the Sovereignty and Self-Determination of Ukraine! Dismantle NATO!Β 

We call on the people to build solidarity and fight for just peace!

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