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The people and the youth must firmly condemn NATO, its Summit and the decisions it will take

In a statement on the NATO Summitto be held from 9 to 11 July in Washington, D.C., the Press Office of the Central Committee of the KKE notes the following:

“The NATO Summit, which will be heldfrom 9 to11 July 2024, in Washington, D.C., marks a new round of intensification of Euro-Atlantic aggression around the world. In the foreground is the escalation of the imperialist war in Ukraine between the Ukrainian bourgeoisie, which actively supports and is backed by NATO, and capitalist Russia and its own allies, which poses great dangers for the peoples.

Among the decisions to be taken at the NATO Summit are:

- The supply of modern weapons systems, F-16 fighter jets and even military forces to the war front in Ukraine, using long-range missiles for attacks on Russian territory.

- The upgrading of relations with Ukraine through the creations of an ‘institutional bridge’ to its accession to NATO and the funding of the reactionary Zelenskiy government to the tune of€40 billion a year, in addition to the huge sums provided by the USA and NATO and EU member states. In this context, there are even plans to create a NATO ‘senior civilian representative’ post based in Ukraine, similar to what NATO did in Afghanistan during the US occupation.

- The modernization of the nuclear arsenal and the further militarization of space.

- The reinforcement of NATO’s Southern Wing, which includesGreece, and the further strengthening of NATO–EU relations.

- The expansion in the Indo-Pacific region and the strengthening of the alliance with Japan, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand, in the context of the rivalry between the USA and China for supremacy in the international imperialist system, as well as NATO’s attempt to court other regions, such as the Caucasus (with an invitation to Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) and the Middle East (with an invitation to Arab countries such as Egypt, Jordan, Qatar, Tunisia, UAE and Bahrain, in addition to Israel).

These are very dangerous decisions and plans, preparations for a generalized imperialist war. They provide support for the murderous state of Israel in its genocide against the Palestinian people and the strengthening of the Euro-Atlantic interventions in the Middle East, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Asia, all over the world.

The Summit coincides with the 75th anniversary of the founding of NATO. Those who celebrate this terrible anniversary are provoking our people and other peoples, because this imperialist organization is identified with hundreds of wars and interventions, with military coups and assassinations of militants, with criminal plans against the peoples.

The New Democracy government bears great responsibility. It is knee-deep inthe plans of NATO and is involving our country and our people in the slaughterhouse of war for the interests of the bourgeoisie. It spends billions of euros on armaments for the needs of NATO and the EU. This dangerous policy, which is shaped by all governments, is today supported by SYRIZA, PASOK and the other parties of the system. They are all complicit in turning the country into a US–NATO base, putting the country and its people at great risk.

The KKE, which is at the forefront of the anti-war and anti-imperialist struggles, calls upon the people and the youth to strongly condemn NATO, its Summit and the decisions it will take, to reject it en masse and to fight against the misleading claims of the government and the pro-NATO parties that present the murderous NATO war machine as a “force for security and peace”. To intensify the struggle for the disentanglement of the country from the imperialist wars and plans, for the disengagement from the imperialist alliances, with the working class and the popular forces at the helm of power.”