NATO-Russia Conflict: Socialists Oppose Both Imperialist Camps!


Joint Statement of the Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Revolutionary Socialist League (Kenya), 21 February 2022, and




1.            The dramatic escalation of tensions between NATO and Russia has raised the specter of a major war in Europe. In the past days, Washington and Moscow, as well as their respective allies in the Ukraine, have increased their saber-rattling. In the last few days, artillery fire has been exchanged between the Ukrainian army and the militias of the so-called Donbass Republics. Monitors from the OSCE reported more than 1,500 explosions in the region. A full-sale war can start any moment.


2.            In the past weeks, Russia has amassed up to 190,000 troops and weaponry on the border to the Ukraine and stationed troops in Belarus. Moscow effectively threatens to invade the Ukraine (resp. parts of it) in one form or another and to support its allies in the so-called Donbass Republics. At the same time, NATO deployed thousands of troops to neighboring countries of Russia. It also sent arms worth billions of dollars to the Ukraine. The Ukrainian army has also assembled about 125,000 troops in the east of the country.


3.            The objective background of this escalation is the acceleration of the rivalry between the imperialist Great Powers – the U.S., China, EU, Russia and Japan – in the current period of capitalist decay. Since the 1990s, NATO has pushed back Russia step by step and expanded its influence in Eastern Europe. However, with the rise of China as a Great Power and the rapid decline of Western imperialism (dramatically manifested in the historic defeat of the U.S. in Afghanistan in August 2021), the Putin regime senses that it has now an opportunity to reverse this development and to push NATO back. As part of this process, it hopes to bring the Ukraine either under its control or, at least, to transform it into a neutral “buffer state”. In addition, Moscow hopes to drive a wedge between the U.S. and its European allies.


4.            The Revolutionary Communist International Tendency (RCIT) and the Revolutionary Socialist League (Kenya) view the tensions between NATO and Russia as an inter-imperialist conflict in which socialists have no side to choose. Both camps wish to expand their spheres of influence at the cost of their rivals. We denounce the chauvinist campaigns, sanctions, and warmongering of all imperialist Great Powers in West and East resp. by their local proxies. We call for the dissolution of all imperialist military alliances like NATO as well as the Russia-dominated Collective Security Treaty Organization.


5.            Socialists need to take an independent and internationalist stance against all imperialist Great Powers. In case of a conflict between NATO and Russia resp. between their proxies in the Ukraine, the workers and popular masses should support neither but should oppose their governments in their respective countries. The slogan in such a situation must be: “The main enemy is at home!


6.            The working people in the Ukraine have no friend among those in power. The “friendship between the peoples” can only be built from below. It can be only created in the struggle against all Great Powers and their proxies! Peace, national-self-determination, and justice is only possible if the workers and popular masses overthrow their ruling classes and build a global socialist society!