Pink Floyd legend Roger Waters shares his political views again: blames the war in Ukraine on NATO expansion

Author Samuel Järvinen - 8.8.2022

Roger Waters, the musician known for Pink Floyd and his solo career, has made many statements throughout his life and has taken an active stance on issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Now, Waters has again expressed his political views in a recent interview with CNN. In the interview, Waters was asked to elaborate on his views on why he considers US President Joe Biden to be a war criminal. In fact, Waters had included a segment on his new tour in which a number of war criminals were shown on screen. Among them was Joe Biden.

“Well, he’s fueling the fire in the Ukraine, for a start – that is a huge crime. Why won’t the United States of America encourage [Volodymyr] Zelenskyy, the president, to negotiate, obviating the need for this horrific, horrendous war that’s killing… We don’t know how many Russians.”

When interviewer Michael Smerconish points out that Waters blames the attacked Ukraine in his response, Waters replies:

“Well, any war, when did it start? What you need to do is look at the history, and you can say, ‘Well it started on this day.’ You could say it started in 2008 – this war is basically about the action and reaction of NATO pushing right up to the Russian border, which they promised they wouldn’t do when [Mikhail] Gorbachev negotiated the withdrawal of the USSR from the whole of Eastern Europe.”

Waters also has something to say about the situation between China and Taiwan:

“Taiwan is part of China. That has been absolutely accepted by the whole of international community since 1948. If you don’t know that you aren’t reading enough. You are believing your side’s propaganda. You can’t have a conversation about human rights and Taiwan without actually doing the reading.”