Australian and international voices call for de-escalation of Ukraine situationFeb 20, 2022
In contrast to the voices and actions of the governments of U.S., U.K. and Australia inflaming the situation in Ukraine, voices from citizens and organisations for de-escalation and peaceful resolution are being raised around the world.
Over the past few months, we have seen the voices and actions of the governments of the United States, the UK and Australia contributing to an escalation of the tensions in Ukraine and those voices and actions given extensive and persistent exposure in the western main stream media. For more than a month now we have been subjected to cries of “an imminent invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces” by the western press. We have been told that Putin has an invasion plan but no evidence of that has been given. Putin has consistently said that no invasion by Russia is planned or intended. Further contributing to an increase in tensions has been the United States telling their diplomats in Ukraine to leave for the safety of themselves and their families because of the “imminent threat of a Russian invasion and the “bloody war” which would follow. Predictably, the Australian Government slavishly followed this U.S. lead and ordered Australian diplomats to leave Ukraine for the same exaggerated reasons further contributing to de-stablisation of the situation.
Even the President of the Ukraine expressed criticism of these U.S. and Australian actions saying these moves were premature, ultra-conservative and that the situation did not warrant it. One should ask whether the U.S., UK and Australian governments are serious about seeing a peaceful solution in Ukraine or secretly harbor a desire for war.
In contrast to these governments, voices for de-escalation and a peaceful solution have been raised world-wide including in Australia. In the USA an Open Letter to the U.S. government signed by more than 100 national and regional U.S. organizations and released on 1st February 2022 urged President Biden “to end the U.S. role in escalating the extremely dangerous tensions with Russia over Ukraine.” The groups said: “it is gravely irresponsible for the president to participate in brinkmanship between two nations that possess 90 percent of the world’s nuclear weapons.”
In Australia, an Open Letter to the Australian government organised by the independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) has been signed by over 400 individuals and organisations over the past week. It reads as follows:
“We, the people, call on you, Prime Minister Morrison, Defence Minister Dutton and Foreign Minister Payne to use your close relationship with the UK Foreign and Defence Ministers and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to advocate:
* for the US and UK to allow the Minsk 11 agreement parties, Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine who signed the agreement in 2015, to resolve the current crisis,
* for the United Nations to be the institution tasked to manage the wider implications of the current crisis and to seek peace between the parties
* and to ensure NO nuclear weapons are on stand-by in the current crisis.”
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