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Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne has called for an end to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, which he has described as a “senseless war.”
His comments come after receiving backlash for suggesting that Ukraine should stand down and disengage from the ongoing conflict with Russia.
In response to the criticism he faced, PM Browne clarified his stance on the issue during the Browne and Browne show on February 3rd.
During the show, the prime minister expressed his belief that no country should ever be subjected to the kind of destruction that Ukraine has endured during this “lopsided” war.
He also stated that in hindsight, the Ukrainian leader may come to recognize that the price of joining NATO was perhaps too heavy a burden for the country to bear.
These remarks triggered negative reactions both locally and internationally, with some accusing the prime minister of “siding” with Russia.
However, on Saturday, PM Browne reiterated his position and accused one media outlet of misquoting him and trying to stir up international sentiments against Antigua and Barbuda over the issue.
He maintained that the war in Ukraine must be viewed in the context of the United States military blockade of Cuba in the early 1960s, when the Soviet Union (with Russia as its dominant member) attempted to establish a nuclear base in Cuba, which was only 90 miles away from the US mainland.
The prime minister pointed out that similarly, one could understand Russia’s position with Ukraine, which shares a common border with Russia and wanted to join NATO.
PM Browne’s call for an end to the war between the two countries comes amid increasing tensions and violence in the region, with many hoping for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
In a recent statement, the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, PM Browne, expressed his concerns over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.