Tony Blair says Putin can’t use Iraq as justification for Ukraine

Former UK prime minister Tony Blair says Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intervention in Syria was to prop up a despot and refuse a democracy. – EPA pic, March 18, 2023.

FORMER UK prime minister Tony Blair is by turns pensive and defiant as he reflects on the upcoming anniversaries of two events that arguably defined the best and worst of his decade in power.

Monday marks 20 years since Blair joined US president George W. Bush in launching an invasion of Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, without a UN mandate and in defiance of some of the biggest demonstrations ever seen in Britain.

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