Jeremy Corbyn Accused of Being Russian 'Collaborator' for Questioning NATO Troop Build-Up on Border
Date Written: 2017-01-16
Publisher: The Intercept
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20322
The armed forces minister for Britain's right-wing government, Mike Penning, accused Corbyn of being a collaborator with the Kremlin.
The leader of the U.K.'s Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, called for a "de-escalation" of tensions between NATO and Russia, adding in a BBC interview on Thursday: "I want to see a de-militarization of the border between them." Along with the U.S., the U.K. has been rapidly building up its military presence in the Baltic region, including in states that border Russia, and is now about to send another 800 troops to Estonia, 500 of which will be permanently based.
In response, Russia has moved its own troops within its country near those borders, causing serious military tensions to rise among multiple nuclear-armed powers. Throughout 2016, the Russian and U.S. militaries have engaged in increasingly provocative and aggressive maneuvers against one another. This week, the U.S. began deploying 4,000 troops to Poland, "the biggest deployment of U.S. troops in Europe since the end of the Cold War."