Jeremy Corbyn has attacked British troops’ deployment to Eastern Europe for “ratcheting up” tensions with Russia.
In comments that sparked fresh anger with among Labour MPs, his chief spokesman said today he had “concerns” the new NATO mission is only escalating the stand-off with Moscow.
The spokesman also appeared to suggest that Mr Corbyn would not back a military response by NATO if the Russians invade Estonia – where UK troops are currently stationed.
Former Shadow Minister Michael Dugher slammed the PR man for “continuing to fight the Cold war for the wrong side”.
No.10 had earlier launched an outspoken attack on Vladimir Putin’s record in office. On Tuesday, Boris Johnson had separately accused Moscow of conducting “dirty tricks” against Britain and America.
But Mr Corbyn’s spokesman said there were “serious issues on both sides”.
He added: “Jeremy has said repeatedly that he has lots of criticisms of the Russian government, both in relation to what has happened in the Middle East and domestically.
But what we don’t want to see is a ratcheting up of tensions between Russia and the West, as has been taking place.”