PRESS RELEASE: Christian Voice has written to the Russian Ambassador in London to apologise for the rudeness of Her Majesty’s Secretary of State for Defence Sir Michael Fallon.
Last week, the Independent reported Sir Michael saying the British navy was keeping a ‘close eye on the Admiral Kuznetsov as it skulks back to Russia.’ He described the vessel a ‘ship of shame whose mission has only extended the suffering of the Syrian people.’
In the letter, Stephen Green, National Director of Christian Voice, assured His Excellency Alexander Yakovenko ‘that there are those of us in the United Kingdom who recognise Admiral Kuznetsov helped liberate eastern Aleppo from jihadists. We are thankful that Russian planes supporting the Syrian army allowed Christians there to celebrate Christmas for the first time in five years. We are aware that peace talks have been taking place between the Syrian government and the armed opposition. We can see that has only happened because of Russian involvement in a crisis initiated at least partly by the United Kingdom.’
Fallon ‘weak and petulant’
Stephen Green said today:
‘It should concern us all when a British Minister lowers the standing of the Crown. Her Majesty is a Christian monarch, ruling a constitutionally Christian realm.
‘There was nothing of Christian grace or strength in what Fallon said. We know the UK has no operational aircraft carrier and no longer, thank God, any further ability to wreak havoc in Syria. That is all the more reason not to portray weakness and petulance. Nor do we build peace in the world by ill-tempered insults.
‘That is why I felt I had to reassure the Russian Ambassador that the British people as a whole are not warmongers and do not share such views.
‘Sir Michael was first elected as an MP in 1983 at the height of the Cold War. He clearly has not adapted his view of the world since then at all.
‘It may not happen immediately, but at her next reshuffle, Theresa May should sack this sabre-rattling relic and appoint a good-tempered, Christian man of peace.’
Please note that persons wishing to comment on this story must enter a valid email address. Comments from persons leaving fictitious email addresses will be trashed.