Focus on Russian bombing in Syria “diverts” attention away from atrocities by the US-led coalition in the country, Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman has declared.
The senior member of the Labour leader’s team also pointed out that the public were as free to protest outside the American embassy in London as much as its Russian counterpart.
The remarks follow calls from Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson for a mass demonstration directed at the Moscow regime’s embassy in Kensington.
The Labour spokesman said that both Corbyn and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry believed that it was preferable to hold talks ‘within’ the Russian embassy rather than protest outside it.
He went on to say that there was too much focus on Russian bombing of civilians, following the outcry over the strikes on hospitals in Aleppo and on a UN convoy delivering aid.
“The focus on Russian atrocities or Syrian army atrocities I think sometimes diverts attention from other atrocities that are taking place,” said Corbyn’s aide.
But his comments sparked a swift backlash from the husband of the late Jo Cox, the Labour MP who campaigned to end the suffering of the Syrian people.