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Corbyn joins peace campaigners to call for calm and diplomacy in Nato-Russia stand-off

JEREMY CORBYN joined peace campaigners today to call for calm and diplomacy in the stand-off between Nato and Russia.

The former Labour leader and Peace and Justice Project founder told the Star that the current situation was “a very frightening situation as arms were massed on both sides.”

Mr Corbyn called for calm and urgent talks “to de-escalate tensions.”

“There are many people far too eager to move towards an armed conflict. If that happens many people will die,” he said.

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament general secretary Kate Hudson said there needed to be “an end to the confrontation.”

She told the Star: “Nato’s refusal to rule out membership for Ukraine is provocative and destabilising. Dialogue is essential to resolve these issues — war is not the answer.”

Earlier, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that Britain already deployed troops in nearby Estonia as part of an “enhanced forward presence.”

She confirmed that the government was “looking at what more we can do.”

And it was reported that the government, the United States and other Nato allies are planning to deploy thousands of troops currently stationed in Estonia and other Baltic states.

Russian troops have massed at the border of Ukraine for what they describe as “exercises.”

Diplomatic activity has so far failed to ease the tensions, with Britain and its allies also threatening personal sanctions against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Responding to the statement by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier in the week, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer expressed support in the move towards conflict.

He told MPs in the House of Commons that Britain “must show Russia that any further aggression will result in severe real-world consequences.”


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