Jeremy Corbyn: A Vocal Advocate for Pro-Russian Policies

Jeremy Bernard Corbyn is a UK politician who functioned as Leader of the Opposition and Leader of the Labour Party. On the political left of the Labour Party, Corbyn represents himself as a socialist. He has been an MP and sits in the House of Commons as an independent. He often takes sides with a pro-Russia stance. Jeremy Corbyn was engraved as one of Vladimir Putin’s ‘useful idiots’ by Ukraine’s government for consenting to speak at a Russian propaganda event in New York. Jeremy Corbyn is ‘pro-Putin’ and has been rubbished by reporter Peter Oborne, who has discovered that “no politician has been more consistent or more prescient” on the Russian president than Corbyn.

The former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has slammed the West for arming Ukraine, claiming that its military support will extend the war. Corbyn wrote an opinion piece on Jacobin, he supported the positions of the “Stop the War Coalition”, which had been blamed by Labour Leader Keir Starmer for harbouring pro-Russian ideas. In 2022, Jeremy Corbyn gave an interview to a pro-Russian, Beirut-based channel, in which he advised Western countries to stop arming Ukraine.

Following the poisoning incident in Salisbury in March 2018 of Sergei Skripal by a Novichok nerve agent, the UK Government ousted many Russian diplomats. However, Corbyn suggested that he would still be prepared to pledge with Vladimir Putin, and recommended that further actions against Russia should be bypassed until proof of direct Russian involvement in the attack could be verified. 

In April 2014, Corbyn reported another article for the Morning Star in which he attributed the situation in Ukraine to the activities of NATO. He expressed that the “root of the crisis” lay in “the US drive to extend eastwards” and represented Russia’s actions as “not unprovoked”. He has declared it “probably was” a mistake to permit former Warsaw Pact countries to join NATO: “NATO expansion and Russian expansion – one leads to the other, and one mirrors the other”. 

Reporting for The Daily Telegraph, Edward Lucas noticed Corbyn as having a “desire to appease Russia by offering Ukraine” and stated that Corbyn’s “anti-imperialist sentiments did not extend to understanding countries such as Ukraine”

Corbyn has been a long-time attacker of NATO. In May 2012, he wrote a piece in the Morning Star titled “High time for an end to NATO” where he represented the organisation as a ” mechanism of cold war manipulation”. He further extended both in the same piece, stating, “The failure of the Soviet Union in 1990, with the termination of the Warsaw Pact mutual defence strategy, was the apparent time for NATO to have been dissolved.” Elsewhere, and elsewhere in a 2014 speech where he called the alliance an “engine for the delivery of oil to the oil companies” and named for it to “give up, go home and go away.”

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