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Welsh Labour MP writes scathing letter to Russian Ambassador to UK

01 Mar 2022 2 minute read
Chris Bryant in the House of Commons

A Welsh Labour MP has written a scathing letter to the Russian Ambassador to the UK.

Chris Bryant, who represents the constituency of Rhondda, and is Chair of the APPG on Russia, told that Ambassador Kelin that he should be “ashamed” of himself, following the Putin regime’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine.

He told the Ambassador that the Russian Government has launched a “war of aggression, which is itself a war crime”.

The Labour politician also took Kelin to task for shelling cities and for bombing civilian populations.

In his letter, Chris Bryant said: “At the last meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Russia you told us that it was ‘absolutely preposterous’ to suggest that Russia would invade Ukraine.

“You told us that it would be ‘sheer madness’ for President Putin to do so — and you guaranteed that no such thing would happen.”

‘Training purposes’

He added: “You maintained that Russian troops were only stationed on the Ukraine border for ‘training purposes’. Since then more than 150,000 Russian troops have invaded Ukraine from several different approaches.

“Your troops have shelled cities. Your ships have attacked Ukrainian defences. Your air force has bombed civilian populations. This is a war of aggression, which is itself a war crime. Other war crimes are being committed by your armed forces on a daily basis.

“The APPG on Russia has no argument with the people of Russia but we wholeheartedly condemn the actions taken by your government in attacking Ukraine.

“I hope President Putin faces criminal charges. A diplomat who cannot be trusted is no diplomat at all. You should be ashamed of yourself.”


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Steve George
Steve George
7 months ago

Ooh! Putin must be quaking in his boots! I wonder if that’s why he’s put his forces on raised nuclear alert? I mean, a stiffly worded letter from Chris Bryant was a hugely provocative escalation.

defaid
defaid
7 months ago
Reply to  Steve George

I wonder, had the very same letter letter come from a different source, whether it might not instead have been met with an equal degree of praise.

On this Chris Bryant has my full support.

John Young
John Young
7 months ago
Reply to  defaid

He has my support as well.

Grayham Jones
7 months ago
Reply to  John Young

Yes you can have him to

Grayham Jones
7 months ago
Reply to  defaid

You can have him as your MP he has been a disgrace to the Rhondda

Steve George
Steve George
7 months ago
Reply to  defaid

No. My point really had very little to do with Chris Bryant, other than to highlight, his over-wheening self-importance. It’s the very idea that stiffly worded letters are an adequate response to someone like Putin. Of course, Bryant lends himself to parody, but much of our political class has been guilty of appeasement of Putin for too long. Unfortunately, “look, I have sent a piece of paper”, seems too redolent of other historic events to be genuinely funny.

Grayham Jones
7 months ago

When is this MP going to do something for the Rhondda he has been a disgrace to the Rhondda it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Ed Jones
Ed Jones
7 months ago

Fair play, that’s a beaut of a letter.

R W
R W
6 months ago

Bryant cares for Ukraine but couldn’t care less about Wales.

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