September 23, 2022
Waititi wants out of Ukraine ‘proxy’ war
Māori Party co-leader Rawiri Waititi says New Zealand should stay out of the war in Ukraine.
Russian President Putin has issued a mobilisation order to increase the size of his army as Ukraine starts to roll back the invasion of its whenua.
Mr Waititi says the expansion of NATO to Russia’s borders had been a concern.
“So this is a proxy war for the United States, and so if you look at NATO, they’re trying to get closer to claim kind of relationships closer to those types of countries near Russia. This looks like the Cold War dressed up in drag but it’s in disguise so we’ve got to make sure we are consistent in what our positioning is, is that we don’t support it in any other way but we don’t also support those who are encouraging it for their own political gain,” he says.