What did Jeremy Corbyn say about Ukraine? Comments explained

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The former opposition leader criticized the West in a television interview for an Arab news channel

Now the ex-opposition leader has made headlines this week for voicing controversial views on the role of Britain and the US in the war between Russia and Ukraine.

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Jeremy Corbyn has been criticized for comments he made about Ukraine (Image: Getty Images)

So what did Jeremy Corbyn say – and how did Labor react?

Here’s everything you need to know.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn say about Ukraine?

Speaking to Lebanon-based TV channel Al Mayadeen, Jeremy Corbyn criticized the West’s role in the war between Russia and Ukraine.

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In particular, the former Labor leader said he opposed the role played by Britain and the US in arming President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s government against Kremlin forces.

His successor, Sir Keir Starmer, has supported the decision to send arms to Kyiv and has also backed the NATO military alliance.

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“Throwing up arms will not solve it, it will only prolong and exaggerate this war,” Corbyn said.

“We could be stuck in a war in Ukraine for years.

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Jeremy Corbyn said the West should use the language of peace (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

“What I find disappointing is that hardly any of the world’s leaders use the word peace; They always use the language of more war and belligerent war.

“This war is catastrophic for the people of Ukraine, for the people of Russia and for the security of the whole world, and therefore much more effort must be made for peace.”

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Corbyn said he wanted the UN to be “much more at the center” and suggested bringing in other international bodies, such as the African Union or the League of Arab States, to mediate in ceasefire negotiations if the UN failed to make progress .

In the interview, Jeremy Corbyn also claimed he had been criticized for anti-Semitism over his support for Palestine.

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He called his suspension from Labor “disgraceful”.

Alongside these comments, the MP’s decision to give an interview to Al Mayadeen newspaper has also proved controversial.

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The Syrian leader has been accused of continuing war crimes during the civil war that has ravaged the country for the past 11 years and is also a close ally of President Vladimir Putin.

Al Mayadeen is also accused of being a supporter of the political party and militant group Hezbollah, parts of which are considered a terrorist organization in the West.

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What was the reaction to Jeremy Corbyn’s comments in Ukraine?

Jeremy Corbyn’s comments on the Russia-Ukraine war have been criticized.

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Tobias Ellwood, Chairman of the Defense Committee and former Secretary of Defense, said The Telegraph: ‘[Corbyn] illustrates once again why he would have been such an unsuitable prime minister for the nation.

“He doesn’t understand that the geopolitical ramifications of supporting democracy sometimes mean the use of hard power.

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“This is deeply irresponsible for a senior politician. I hope his comments do not undermine the broader support and commitment to helping Ukraine following this unprovoked invasion by Putin.”

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