Tudeh Party of Iran

With the beginning of the Russian military offensive in Ukraine on the morning of Thursday 24 February, a crisis which had [already] convoluted the domestic and international developments in the region since 2014 [at once] became more wide-reaching and dangerous. The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, launched a dangerous new military conflict by ordering a military strike on Ukraine, which could seriously threaten world peace. Russia’s declared objectives in this military offensive are to support the independence and security of Russia and the republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in Eastern Ukraine; to prevent Ukraine from joining the NATO military alliance; and to divert its future political course away from militarism and the activities of fascist forces. The Tudeh Party of Iran condemns Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine and is deeply concerned over the catastrophic consequences of this decision by the Russian government. We recognise and affirm that respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all UN member states, as well as non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries, constitute the main cornerstones of the UN Charter and [the basis for] peaceful coexistence which must be observed. It is no secret that the record of aggressive interventions by NATO, Imperialist, and regional powers, is one soaked in blood. We have already witnessed their contempt and disregard for international laws, including the UN Charter, in their arbitrary and bloody invasions of Yugoslavia, Iraq (twice), Afghanistan, Syria, Mali, Somalia, Libya, Haiti, and other countries. This disregard for international laws, as well as bullying tactics and aggression in international relations, creates an atmosphere in which a government like that of the Russian oligarchs can take advantage by using its military and economic capabilities in the face of certain nationalist provocations. In an article in “Nameh Mardom”, the Central organ of the Tudeh Party of Iran, on 14th February of 2022, we clearly presented the analysis and stance of our Party on the situation in Ukraine, describing it as a result of the provocative and dangerous policies of NATO and imperialist governments – especially the US and Britain – against Russia, and stressed the urgent need to utilise options predicated on maintaining the peace and security of nations. In connection with the issue of Ukraine and its conflict with Russia, our Party endorses the initiation and full implementation of the provisions and mechanisms of the “Minsk Agreements” (September 2014 and February 2015) between the governments of the two countries. These agreements were drafted to end the tensions and military conflict in the Donbas region, as well as recognise Ukraine’s independence and sovereignty. They were signed by both sides; the UN Security Council having ratified them in two resolutions. The current disputes between Russia and Ukraine can be resolved peacefully under the provisions of these agreements and international law. The refusal of the Ukrainian government to implement the Minsk II Agreement (2015) and declining to recognise self-rule for the two ethnically-Russian regions of Donbass within the framework of the unified state of Ukraine; the Ukrainian government’s complete disregard for the plight of the ethnic Russians harassed and persecuted by extremist and neo-Nazi forces; random attacks by Ukraine’s military on the “Autonomous Republics” of Donetsk and Luhansk over recent months and days, confirmed by Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) observers; as well as the adding of fuel to this fire by the US and UK,  have all contributed to the tensions and laying the ground for a full-scale war. Furthermore, the current bloody conflict between Russia and Ukraine is rooted in the tensions rooted in the disregard of the imperialist countries and the…

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The statement of the Central Committee of the Tudeh Party of Iran on the war in Ukraine: Together with the workers and toilers of the world and the progressive forces, for peace, against war, aggression, and imperialism!