Corbyn claimed Nato was set up to ‘promote a cold war with the Soviet Union’ in a newly revealed speech made just weeks after Russia annexed Crimea
- Corbyn addressed an anti-war rally in August 2014 ahead of the Nato summit
- He said in Newport Nato was set up to ‘promote a cold war with the Soviet Union’
- Minister Ben Wallace said Corbyn was ‘off his trolley’ after speech emerged
Jeremy Corbyn claimed Nato was set up to ‘promote a cold war with the Soviet Union’ in a newly revealed speech.
The now Labour leader made the inflammatory remarks while he was still leader of the Stop the War coalition in August 2014.
The speech in Newport came just weeks after Russian troops marched into the Crimean peninsula and illegally annexed the Ukrainian territory.
Security Minister Ben Wallace derided Mr Corbyn as ‘off his trolley’ today after a video of the remarks circulated on Twitter.
He was also criticised by despairing Labour MPs who have long slammed Mr Corbyn for being soft on national security.
Security Minister Ben Wallace derided Mr Corbyn as ‘off his trolley’ today after a video of the remarks circulated on Twitter
Speaking in 2014 ahead of the Nato summit in Cardiff, he said: ‘Why are we meeting?
‘Because I think Nato needs to be taken to task and this absurd spatchcock of a history that Nato has been treating us to over the last few weeks needs to be challenged.
‘I’ll just give you a few dates: 1948, Nato was founded in order to promote a Cold War with the Soviet Union.
‘That resulted in the formation of The Warsaw Pact. That resulted in 60 years of a ludicrous arms race which cost us all billions of pounds and dollars and damaged the civil liberties of people all over the world.
Labour MP Ian Austin said Mr Corbyn had turned Labour into a ‘different party’ with his anti-Nato stance
Jeremy Corbyn claimed Nato was set up to ‘promote a cold war with the Soviet Union’ in a newly revealed speech
‘Come the end of the Cold War in 1990 that should have been the time for Nato to shut up shop, give up, go home, go away and the organisation for security and cooperation in Europe which had people on both sides of the then Iron Curtain coming together to promote a demilitarised peaceful Europe.
‘Sadly that did not happen.’
Labour MP Ian Austin said: ‘The great Labour leader Clement Attlee was instrumental in establishing Nato, which Jeremy thinks was set up to ‘promote a Cold War with the Soviet Union’.
‘Jeremy and the rest of them are completely outside our party’s mainstream, moderate tradition. This is a different party.’
A Labour Party spokeswoman said: ‘Jeremy Corbyn and Labour are committed to Nato membership, as laid out in our manifesto.’