Donald Trump and Jean-Claude Juncker have broken ranks with western disapproval for Vladimir Putin, issuing their congratulations to the Russian leader for his electoral success even as diplomats were flown out of the UK in retribution for the Salisbury nerve agent attack.
The two leaders were heavily criticised on Tuesday for their overtures to Moscow, which broke a taboo among western leaders in appearing to endorse the Russian leader’s re-election to a fourth term in power.
The leader of the Conservative party in the European parliament, Ashley Fox, described a letter from Juncker, president of the European commission, as “disgraceful”, while Guy Verhofstadt, the European parliament’s representative in Brexit talks, tweeted: “This is no time for congratulations.”
Memento Mori wrote:It's not a good sign when Trump is stronger on Russia than Corbyn.
Corbyn lately has been busy demonstrating (even more so than usual) just how much of a clown he is.
I still find it amazing that the man was ever able to win leadership of a major political party.
Corbyn's stance with Russia has been much stronger than the Tories. They're just saying the right things to the cameras to make themselves look strong (and stable) but doing nothing that will hurt Russia at all.
Corbyn is pushing to cut off the Russian dirty money and remove their political influence in the UK, something the Tories don't like hearing because they are direct beneficiaries of that money.
Fetch me old brown trousers, bring them to me now, I'll wear them in the rigging as they fire across the bow. Fetch me old brown trousers, I fear we may be hit, for even if they shoot me now, they'll never see me...