British duplicity doesn’t
come much thicker than Prime
Minister Boris Johnson’s hailing the
virtues of diplomacy while piling up
military tensions with Russia.
February 13, 2022:
Information Clearing House
opinion piece for the Times newspaper this week
in which he said he believed that “diplomacy can
prevail” to prevent mounting tensions over Ukraine
from escalating into a full-blown war between the
US-NATO military bloc and Russia.
This was while Johnson announced that Britain was
planning to deploy more Marines, fighter jets and
warships to Eastern Europe. Britain has already
taken the lead among European NATO members in
sending weapons and special forces to Ukraine in
what is claimed to be a defense against “Russian
What Johnson is proposing this week is deploying
more British forces to Poland and the Baltic states
in what he calls a show of Britain’s “immovable”
support for Europe. This is cynical grandstanding to
burnish Britain’s image as some kind of noble power.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron was in Moscow
this week for
substantial talks with Russian leader Vladimir
Putin on efforts to deescalate tensions over
Ukraine. Next week, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is
also to visit Moscow for talks with Putin.
Then we see London seeming to do its utmost to
make sure diplomacy fails by wantonly raising
military tensions with Russia.
Johnson and his Foreign Secretary Liz Truss have
been busy issuing dire
warnings to Russia that it faces bloody carnage
if it dares invade Ukraine. Moscow has repeatedly
denied it is planning to invade. Nevertheless, Truss
photographed in British news media donning
military body armor while riding atop a tank. She is
due to visit Moscow in the coming days for talks
with her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. It
promises to be a frosty meeting. One wonders why the
Kremlin is even entertaining such an incompetent and
disingenuous British envoy.
Have you seen "Help Tom with medical
expenses to fight leukemia"?
thought you might be interested in
supporting this GoFundMe,
Please share the
fundraiser on your social media to
help spread the word.
London, as usual, is doing Washington’s bidding.
Since the United States launched the propaganda
campaign nearly three months ago accusing Russia of
aggression against Ukraine, Britain has been vocal
in amplifying Washington’s message of alleged
Propaganda and media psychological operations are
one realm where the decrepit British empire retains
some dubious skills. Presumably, the prevalence of
anglophone mass media gives the Brits an innate
What London seems good at capitalizing on is
animating the ready and willing inherent Russophobia
of Poland and the Baltic states. The recent British
military deployments have been concentrated in these
Eastern European states, as well as in Ukraine. This
move has served to pump up the hysteria of Russian
It is significant that last week Johnson was in
Kiev meeting Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky
on the same day as Polish premier Mateusz
Morawiecki. Morawiecki has been among the most
vehemently Russophobic Eastern European voices
demanding more drastic sanctions against Moscow.
Johnson is reinforcing these calls for a unified
NATO and European position on
preemptive sanctions against Russia “if it
invades Ukraine”. Johnson said the sanctions should
be “ready to go” and should include the termination
of the Nord Stream 2 gas supply pipeline between
Russia and the European Union.
Notably, Germany and France – the two largest
economies of the European Union – are reluctant to
talk about terminating Nord Stream 2 in the event of
escalating tensions. Berlin and Paris are
discernibly more disposed to find a diplomatic way
out of the impasse between the US-led NATO bloc and
Here’s a bitter irony: Britain quit the European
Union after its Brexit referendum in 2016. Boris
Johnson was a leading public figure pushing for
Brexit with the mantra of “taking back control” from
the European Union.
Yet while Britain is now formally out of the
European bloc, it is still able to exert tremendous
sway over the EU in its relations with Russia.
London is mobilizing an axis of hostility towards
Moscow by militarizing the Russophobic Eastern
European states, as well as Ukraine, and by pushing
sanctions to destroy strategic energy trade with
Indeed, arguably Britain is deliberately
inflating its international importance by stoking
dangerous tensions with Russia.
The crisis over Ukraine has been artificially
pumped up by Washington aided and abetted by London.
Dictating Europe’s energy and foreign affairs with
regard to Russia, and also China, is the tacit
objective for Washington and its trusty British
minion. And in pulling that objective off, Britain
has cynically exploited Eastern European Russophobia
to land itself an outsized role in interfering with
the European Union’s affairs, a bloc which it
officially left after Brexit.
Russia’s security concerns should be rationally
and calmly negotiated through diplomatic means.
Moscow’s objections about Ukraine joining NATO are
But there is little chance of diplomacy
prevailing when the likes of Boris Johnson and other
Cold Warriors in London are fueling war tensions
with provocative supplies of weapons to Eastern
Europe amid fantastic distortions about “Russian
A further bitter irony is Britain’s nefarious
historical role in inciting wars in Europe. Contrary
to the conventional propaganda version of the Second
World War, it was London that covertly mobilized
Nazi Germany to attack the Soviet Union, thereby
sacrificing its nominal “ally” Poland and others in
the process. Today, London proclaims it is defending
Europe against “Russian aggression” while paving the
path to war against Russia.
has written extensively on international affairs,
with articles published in several languages. He is
a Master’s graduate in Agricultural Chemistry and
worked as a scientific editor for the Royal Society
of Chemistry, Cambridge, England, before pursuing a
career in newspaper journalism. He is also a
musician and songwriter. For nearly 20 years, he
worked as an editor and writer in major news media
organisations, including The Mirror, Irish Times and
The views expressed in this article are
solely those of the author and do not necessarily
reflect the opinions of Information Clearing House.
Reader financed- No
Advertising - No Government Grants -
No Algorithm - This
Registration is not necessary to post comments.
We ask only that you do not use obscene or offensive
language. Please be respectful of others.