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Plaid Cymru leader and Welsh Government minister visit Ukraine to show solidarity ‘in defiance of Putin’s warmongering’

19 Feb 2022 3 minutes Read
Adam Price, left. Right, picture by the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine (CC BY-SA 2.0).

The Leader of Plaid Cymru, Adam Price, is today embarking on a four-day visit to Ukraine, alongside Wales’ Counsel General Mick Antoniw.

Adam Price said that he was visiting “in a show of solidarity” with workers and minorities and “in defiance of Putin’s warmongering”.

Senedd Member Mick Antoniw, whose family is from Ukraine, said that he was visiting to show “solidarity with the Ukrainian people against Putin’s imperialism”.

They will form part of an anti-war delegation including trade union and cross-party representatives. During his stay Adam Price will meet Ukrainian workers, LGBTQ+ people, ethnic minorities, and human rights defenders, Plaid Cymru said.

The Plaid Cymru leader said that the visit would also reflect the historic ties between Wales and Ukraine going back to the foundation of Donetsk by Welsh migrants in the 19th century and the presence of Ukrainian diaspora in today’s former mining communities.

Adam Price said: “The more the Ukrainian people are threatened by Russian aggression and imperialism the more urgent it becomes for socialists, democrats and internationalist to stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with them – in defence of their right to national self-determination and in defiance of Putin’s warmongering. вони не пройдуть! “

Mr Price said that he and others would report back to grassroots organisations at home, countering the disinformation campaign being waged by the Kremlin.

This week Mick Antoniw wrote that the conflict in Ukraine was the fault of Vladimir Putin’s Russia, rather than NATO’s expansion west.

“No one in Wales should be under any illusion that this conflict is a direct result of Putin’s commitment to recreating a greater Russian empire,” he wrote in the Western Mail.

“He sees Ukraine and Belarus as one people with Russia. He has made it clear that he does not recognise Ukraine as a sovereign nation.

‘Unimaginable’

Security officials have warned that Russia has forces in place to invade Ukraine at any moment. They say that Moscow could be seeking to create an excuse to invade with a so-called false flag operation.

Despite amassing its troops on the border Moscow has insisted that it has no aggressive intentions towards Ukraine and has claimed that other nations are attempting to stoke up tensions.

Today Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy met US vice-president Kamala Harris, the German chancellor Olaf Scholz, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a Munich security conference.

He said: “The security architecture of our world is brittle, obsolete and the rules that were agreed dozens of years ago are no longer working. The security system is slow and failing us time and time again.”

German foreign minister, Annalena Baerbock, chaired a meeting of G7 foreign ministers which issued a statement of solidarity with Ukraine.

Annalena  Baerbock said: “We are facing the unimaginable concrete threat of a military conflict at the heart of Europe,” adding the world knows Russia must be made responsible for the steps that were unseen since the cold war.”


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Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
2 months ago

Having lived in Ukraine for 6 years, you are doing the right thing, solidarity, diolch

Richard
Richard
2 months ago

A secure and confident outward looking nation is what Wales has become. 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 …

CommonSense
CommonSense
2 months ago

Stupid idea.

Dai Rob
Dai Rob
2 months ago

Why is Adam Price getting involved in this warmongering? Just like Bojo!? Does he support the expansion of Nato? Does he support the Ukraine joining Nato? Does he think “we” should take Crima back too, while he’s at it?!?

Leigh Richardss
Leigh Richardss
2 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

No he’s just defending a democratic nation’s sovereignty against a racist homophobic authoritarian kleptocracy which funds far right groups across europe

Erisian
Erisian
2 months ago

You cannot blame the ERG for everything!

Richard
Richard
2 months ago

Well put

Johnny Gamble
Johnny Gamble
2 months ago
Reply to  Dai Rob

Well said Dai, people seem to forget that George Bush Senior gave assurances to Russia in 1991 that NATO would not expand beyond Eastern Germany.Why all of a Sudden are Welsh Nationalists supporting NATO expansionism, just look at the example of our near neighbors Eire who have the good sense to stay out of NATO.Already NATO forces are on Russia’s Border in the Baltic’s.Imagine the outcry if it was the other way around and Russia had troops stationed the other side of The US border in Canada and Mexico.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
2 months ago
Reply to  Johnny Gamble

‘Bush made his feelings about compromising with Moscow clear to Kohl: “To hell with that!” he said “We prevailed, they didn’t. We can’t let the Soviets clutch victory from the jaws of defeat.” Foreign Affairs. Sept 2014 A Broken Promise.

Richard
Richard
2 months ago
Reply to  Johnny Gamble

Or Cuba ?

Rob
Rob
2 months ago
Reply to  Johnny Gamble

In the 1990s when Boris Yeltsin was in power, Russia did have a long term goal to become a member of NATO. Putin abandoned this idea in the mid 2000s. This sounds to me like ‘I don’t want to join this club, so you can’t join’. Whilst Russia’s mistrust of NATO is understandable for historical reasons, they should also should consider as to why its neighbours don’t trust them. If Mexico or Cuba wanted to form an alliance with Russia or China because they felt threatened by the US under a Trump Presidency then I would support their right to… Read more »

Ernie The Smallholder
Ernie The Smallholder
2 months ago
Reply to  Rob

When Boris Yeltsin was president, Russia actually applied to join NATO but the USA blocked them. When Putin became president, Russia applied again under his presidency, the USA still refused and blocked the application. Well, you can draw your own conclusions, but we in Europe need a new pan-European security and defence alliance which will aim for peace and democracy in the whole of Europe including the Ukraine and Russia. NATO is a relic of the 2nd world war allied powers and is no longer relevant for our needs today. The USA has its own interests and are not Europeans… Read more »

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
2 months ago
Reply to  Johnny Gamble

Adam Price isnt supporting ‘nato expansionism’…he’s defending international law. Nations cant go around invading other countries, removing their democratically elected govts and installing govt’s more accommodating to their own views – which is what putin is seemingly intent on doing in ukraine. Whether or not ukraine joins Nato isnt for Vladimir Putin to decide – or boris johnson or joe biden or anyone else. It’s a matter for the people of ukraine to decide through their democratically elected govt

Mark
Mark
2 months ago

This whole thing stinks, the west have been pushing for this, what exactly has Russia done wrong? Moved its military within its own borders, false flag attacks as we’re assured by the proven liar Johnson. Not saying Russia won’t kick off, but this is the same warmongering bs that we had in the run upto Afghanistan, how much debt has been forced onto the Ukrainian government already by the west’s military industrial complex, how many tons of “defensive” weapons have been dumped in Ukraine. According to the USA Russia was supposed to start the war at 3am last Tuesday, for… Read more »

Rob
Rob
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark

What has Russia done wrong? How about annexing Crimea.

Leigh Richardss
Leigh Richardss
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Think Putin is a proven liar. Worse than that he imprisons and murders his political critics at home and abroad.

Last edited 2 months ago by Leigh Richardss
Geoffrey ap.
Geoffrey ap.
2 months ago

I think most of you are missing the point.
We as Cymru can understand what it’s like to be the neighbour of a large warlike nation who believe that they own you and they have the right to subject you to their will, claiming you belong to them. Adam is there to show the support of all small oppressed nations. More power to him.

Phil
Phil
2 months ago
Reply to  Geoffrey ap.

Putin quaking in his boots yet??

David
David
2 months ago

The views of a former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan. https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/archives/2022/02/cry-havoc-and-let-slip-the-dogs-of-war/

Pyrite
Pyrite
2 months ago
Reply to  David

The Vinyard of The Saker is also an informed source of news unlike the biased garbage from the MSM.

David
David
2 months ago
Reply to  Pyrite

The autobiography of Craig Murray a supporter of Scottish Independence .https://www.craigmurray.org.uk/about-craig-murray/

David
David
2 months ago
Reply to  David

Pity, we don’t have anyone like Craig Murray who supports Welsh Independence.

Leigh Richardss
Leigh Richardss
2 months ago
Reply to  David

Murray has spent the last few years attacking Nicola Sturgeon and spreading lies about the SNP govt ☹️.

Leigh Richardss
Leigh Richardss
2 months ago
Reply to  David

Unfortunately Murray’s credibility has been damaged somewhat in recent years by dint of his repeated attacks on nicola sturgeon and his attempts to smear the SNP Govt. He’s also a staunch supporter of that pal of Trump and Farage – julian assange!

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 months ago

I would rather hear the story of how things are on the ground from Mick Antoniw on his return rather than have to listen to Fat Shanks outline his account of how he won the peace against all the odds…while talking up Putin’s game…and playing the war legacy card for his own selfish reasons with our troops and military assets. The rest of humanity are just pawns in his game…we know that casualties in the thousands would mean nothing to him…

If Alan and Mick were a pair of photo journalist it would be all in a day’s work…

Leigh Richardss
Leigh Richardss
2 months ago

Adam Price and Mick Antoniw are right to defend a democratic nation’s sovereignty against a racist homophobic authoritarian kleptocracy which imprisons and murders its political opponents at home and abroad and which funds far right groups across europe. Also worth remembering that Ukraine voluntarily gave up its nuclear weapons a few years ago in what at the time was a significant victory for the cause of international nuclear disarmament. What sort of signal would it send out to other nation’s we want to give up nuclear weapons, or abandon nuclear weapons programmes, if Ukraine is now invaded and occupied by… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Leigh Richardss
I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
2 months ago

“Nato’s expansion West” lol!

Steve Heaney
Steve Heaney
2 months ago

Well Putin is no angel but it’s a bit more complicated than Ukrainians good-Russians bad. The Ukrainian government was installed by a coup. Following that coup trades unionists were corralled in their burning hq by police to burn to death. Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera has been celebrated as a hero. Openly right wing Azov battalions operate within the Ukrainian military. This has all been supported by the EU and US. Ukraine is rich in industrial and agricultural resources and western imperialism wants them. That’s how we should view this, a struggle between imperialist powers with one side presenting it as… Read more »

hdavies15
hdavies15
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Heaney

Price ill advised to stick his nose into Ukraine. He could easily make a point without travelling into the country. NATO are backing a hotch potch of good and bad in that country and the bad are seriously bad. Members of his own party should take a long hard look at this and rein him in. Plenty of work here for him to get stuck into.

Rob
Rob
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Heaney

That doesn’t justify invading or annexing a part of a sovereign country. There are far more extreme elements in Russia both on the extreme right and left. Many are nostalgic for the Soviet Union, see Stalin as a hero, and want a return to Communism. An ideology that has killed more people than the Nazis.

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
2 months ago
Reply to  Steve Heaney

“Putin is no angel”…….thats one way of describing the murderous mafia like regime he operates in russia. A regime which has plundered russia’s vast natural resources for the benefit of putin and the ruling clique and any russians who challenge this theft of their nation’s resources are silenced – either through imprisonment or worse. The present presidential incumbent in Ukraine was elected in 2019 in elections declared ‘free and fair’ by outside international monitors. Ukraine is not a ‘imperialist power” (nor is the eu incidentally) and it has the same right to defend its borders that every other nation in… Read more »

Glen
Glen
2 months ago

Will they be offering to send in the military wing of Merched y Wawr if things get lairy?

Nothing but an exercise in self-importance.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
2 months ago
Reply to  Glen

One can see how “foreign entanglement” can get us easily divided? We should stick to trying for our own liberation, after which we should be neutral and support European Security Structures, as we now enter the “Multi Polar” world initiated by the East.
When we talk of “The World”, we forget that there is actually a “World” and not simply a Euro – US structure?

Last edited 2 months ago by I.Humphrys
Phil
Phil
2 months ago
Reply to  Glen

When M-y-W have nullified Putin’s armed forces we could follow up with paramilitary action from the Welsh Baptists! Go Adamski Priceovitch…. Sort them out!

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