Jeremy Corbyn Refuses To Back Nato Standing Up To Putin’s Baltic Aggression

The Islington North MP said:

“I would try to help him. I would invite him to come to my constituency. I would invite him to come to Finsbury Park. We could talk about culture, diversity and history over a cup of tea in the mosque.”

Last month, Trump courted controversy when he suggest membership of Nato was conditional on other nations paying their “fair share”.

It was hugely significant, the first time a would-be US President had raised a question mark over the defence of its major allies under the 28-state collective alliance, which is enshrined in Article 5 of the Nato treaty

His comments come amid Russian aggression and fears of invasions of Baltic states.

In the hustings, Corbyn made clear he has his own reservations about any UK military involvement even if a Nato member was attacked. When the subject was debated, he said:

“I would want to avoid us getting involved militarily by building up the diplomatic relationships, and also try to isolate any country in Europe. To bring them up.”

Pressed further by ITV’s Carl Dinnen about what he would do if a Nato country was invaded, Corbyn said: 

“I don’t wish to go to war. What I want to do is achieve a world where we don’t need to go to war, where there is no need for it. That can be done.”

Corbyn has previously said Nato should have been abandoned in the 1990s

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