Brian Stone promises to join Ukraine’s fight against Russia

Brian Stone promises to join Ukraine’s fight against Russia
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Brian Stone promises to join Ukraine’s fight against Russia

FOREIGN Affairs Minister Dr Amery Browne said yesterday he was “disturbed” at reports that political activist Brian Stone has promised to join Ukraine’s fight against the Russian invasion.

Browne was speaking during a news conference where he also defended the Immigration (Caribbean Community Skilled Nationals) (Amendment) Bill, 2022, against Opposition allegations that the Government would use the legislation to pad future votes.

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Responding to a question on Stone, Browne said: “What I saw was very disturbing for me, cast against the backdrop that we have nationals of this country in the past who went overseas as mercenaries to fight wars in other jurisdictions and that is currently an international conundrum, a nightmare for some of these individuals and the host countries.”

He was reacting to a T&T Guardian report yesterday that Stone, a United National Congress (UNC) activist, had vowed to journey to Ukraine to battle Russia.

Following Russia’s February 24 invasion, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appealed for foreign volunteers to enlist in the International Legion of Defence of Ukraine.

Browne noted that Trinidad and Tobago is still managing the issue of nationals who journeyed to the Middle East and joined the terrorist organisation, ISIS.

The minister declined to comment further, saying his ministry was seeking additional information on the Stone report.

“I certainly will not be saying anything to encourage that type of, well, potential grandstanding,” Browne stated.

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“All I can do is sound a note of caution for the good sense, welfare and physical well-being of all our nationals and encourage persons not to take bad examples from those who might wish to be reckless, from those who might wish to be on some sort of populist agenda which could put themselves and even our national reputation in jeopardy,” he said.

UNC activist promises to join Ukraine’s fight against Russia  Trinidad & Tobago Express Newspapers

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