By Sophie Squire
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G7 and Nato summits will see Ukraine war escalate

Leaders summits will plot more arms, sanctions and greater toll to human life in Ukraine
Issue 2811
Heads of state at a Nato Summit

Nato head of states meet at the last summit in Brussels, Belgium. (Picture: Adam Schultz)

The war in Ukraine has settled into a murderous and grinding conflict that will cause massive human destruction and could set the scene for further horrors. The warmongers had a packed schedule this week, with the G7 and the Nato summit happening within a few days of each other. 

The Nato conference, which was set to begin on Tuesday, will see the nuclear‑based military alliance discuss how best to escalate war with Russia over the invasion of Ukraine.  Leaders are poised to put in place a renewed key Strategic Concept document at the conference. This will outline Nato’s future objectives. It will see an aggressive plan to expand Nato’s military backing for its eastern European allies. 

It will include a new pledge that Nato’s allies including Britain would deploy ships, warplanes and troops to specific territories if the US and its allies believe it’s necessary.  Russia would be ­designated as “the most direct and immediate threat to our security” according to Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg.

The summit will also see pressure on Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan to lift his veto over Finland and Sweden’s bid to join the alliance. That would clear the way for a major Nato expansion.

The Nato summit will build on decisions and promises made last weekend at the G7 conference of wealthier nations. Leaders there reasserted that they were “unified” in their opposition to Russia. The group also continued plans to ramp up the economic war on Russia. Several of the G7 group moved to ban all imports of Russian gold and tighten sanctions.

Last week the Baltic state of Lithuania, a Nato member, blocked the transport of many goods, including steel and coal, to the Russian territory of Kaliningrad. It is separated from the rest of Russia by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The secretary of Russia’s Security Council, Nikolai Patrushev, said, “Russia will definitely respond to such hostile actions. Their consequences will have a significant negative impact on the population of Lithuania.” 

The G7 and Nato councils of war come as the New York Times says United States CIA officers are already in Ukraine to pass information to Ukrainian officials. And special operations forces from several countries, including Britain, are training Ukrainian troops near the battlefield. The Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was set to ask for more arms for the country’s military at the Nato summit. 

As Western leaders ­discussed how to escalate the conflict, Russia continued its assault on Ukraine. For the first time in three weeks, Russian military forces fired missiles at the capital, Kiev. Russia also announced it will send nuclear-capable missile ­systems to its ally Belarus.

President Vladimir Putin said Iskander-M systems “can fire ballistic and cruise missiles, both conventional and nuclear types”. The systems have a range of up to 310 miles.


Anti-war protests rage 

Protests raged against the Nato conference in Madrid, Spain, as part of an international day of action last weekend. Thousands marched with banners saying “Neither Putin nor Nato”. Fearful of protests, the Spanish state banned a further demonstration on Wednesday as the conference was set to start. 

Anti-war campaigners participated in the international day of action across Britain, organised by the Stop The War Coalition. Around 100 protesters joined a demonstration in London and 25 in Glasgow. Rallies and campaigning stalls also took place in other towns and cities, including Brighton, Manchester and Hull. It’s vital to keep building a movement that can stop our rulers’ drive for escalation.

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