The World Peace Council (WPC) expresses its deepest concerns about the escalating tensions in Eastern Europe and particularly around the Ukraine, caused primarily by the growing aggressive expansion of NATO towards Eastern Europe, its massive deployment of troops from the Baltic Sea to Bulgaria, and creating a belt aiming at the encirclement of the Russian Federation.

We must act now to stop the war with Russia over Ukraine, a war that would risk becoming a dangerous conflict between nuclear states. As people residing in the United States, we have a special responsibility to call upon the U.S. government to:

— Stop the war with Russia

— Stop the NATO expansion

— Stop sending weapons to Ukraine and the European Union

— Obey international laws and the UN Charter

— Resolve the current conflict within the United Nations Security Council

— De-escalate the threat of a nuclear war

The Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC), continuing its previous actions of denunciation and expression of solidarity, condemns the continued disregard of international law, including several United Nations resolutions, by Israel, which maintains
its colonialist and xenophobic policy, illegally occupying Palestinian territories, attacking and oppressing the Palestinian people, with the support of Western powers, namely the United States of America and the European Union.

The continuous and prolonged interferences and wars of aggression conducted by the USA, NATO and their allies, in the Middle East, in Africa, in Central Asia and in Europe, led to an unprecedented humanitarian crisis with expression in the tens of millions of displaced people, refugees and migrants from countries affected by conflict or bordering them, and sought refuge in countries of the European Union (EU).

It is with concern that the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation follows the evolution of the escalation of tension between NATO and Russia and, in this context, the developments of the situation in Ukraine, which pose serious and huge risks to peace. In view of the seriousness of the situation, the CPPC considers that it is urgent to adopt measures capable of immediately reducing the military escalation and the danger of confrontation and promoting the establishment of measures of mutual trust that, in the long term, will enable détente and safeguard peace.

For weeks, the U.S. corporate media have been shrill in declaring that Russia, having positioned tens of thousands of Russian troops on the border, may be about to invade Ukraine. U.S. State Department spokesmen have been threatening Russia with punishing economic sanctions if there were an invasion. Daily, if not hourly, TV viewers are shown satellite images supposedly showing Russian troop concentrations on the Ukraine border, accompanied by unflattering photos of a scowling Vladimir Putin, depicted as the evil source of the newU.S.-Russia tensions.

On the last 27th of November, the Portuguese Council for Peace and Cooperation (CPPC) held a Peace Assembly, under the motto "Strengthening the Peace Movement".

In this Assembly, which was attended by dozens of CPPC adherents, in addition to the election of its governing bodies, including its Board and its plan of activities, two motions were approved – "The Right to Live in Peace" and "For Disarmament, For Peace" – addressed to the Portuguese peace movement.

Motion "The right to live in peace"

On the last 29th of November, International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, rallies in Porto, Coimbra and Lisbon gathered dozens of people that reaffirmed their solidarity with the Palestinian People and claimed for the End of Israel's occupation and crimes.

Demanding the Portuguese Government to recognise the State of Palestine and condemn Israeli crimes, as it is it's obligation, the slogans chanted affirmed: "Palestine will win!", "It's necessary, it's urgent, independent Palestine!". Representatives of the CPPC, MPPM and CGTP-IN spoke.

Rallied in Lisbon, dozens of people stand in solidarity with Cuba reaffirming: «End the US blockade! Cuba will win».

At the rally held in the late afternoon of 15 November in solidarity with Cuba, for the end of the blockade and the right to development and sovereignty, the slogans chanted affirmed "Cuba yes! Blockade no!" and "Cuba will win. Representatives of the CPPC, CGTP-IN, the Portugal-Cuba Friendship Association and the Noise Project Association spoke.

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