Putin to meet leaders from countries that have not condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping pose for a photo together during their meeting in Beijing on February 4, 2022. The two countries declared a partnership of “unlimited” before Russia invaded. Ukraine, although Beijing has attempted to position itself further from Russia than described after Xi and Putin met.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to attend his first major multilateral meeting since he launched an unprovoked war with Ukraine.
As the war ended in the fourth month, Putin met the BRICS leaders at their annual summit, which was hosted almost exclusively by China this year.
BRICS, an acronym for a group that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, was formed in 2006 and held its first summit meeting in Russia in 2009. The group considers itself a voice. for developing countries.
None of the members condemned the Russian invasion. Both China and India, second and seventh largest economyrespectively, also increase trade with Russia even though international sanctions on Moscow.
At the group’s 14th annual meeting, Putin may call on the BRICS to set up joint oil and gas refining facilities with Russia. Last month, the Russian news agency TASS reported that Russian Industry Minister Denis Manturov said this will help reduce the block’s reliance on power supplies from “unreliable partners.”
Russia, which has been expelled from the SWIFT international bank transfer system, is looking to switch to the dollar, which is seen as a vehicle for US domination. In previous meetings, the BRICS countries have discussed such a move.
Earlier this month, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov warns that sanctions could cause “global stagflation” and a food crisis. He called on the BRICS to cooperate to stabilize the economic situation. In April, Siluanov urged the BRICS arrange commercial arrangements in their respective currencies and to avoid using the US dollar, according to a Russian news magazine, Russia Briefing.
The episode could offer an alternative global order
Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to seek support from the BRICS for his vision of an alternative world order, which he introduced at a forum in April as the Initiative. His signature Global Security. The main premise of GSI is that the search for “absolute security” is counterproductive. It opposes building “national security on the basis of insecurity in other countries.”
The GSI may have a Putin supporter, who was in Beijing a few weeks before he launched his invasion of Ukraine on February 24. At the time, China and Russia signed a 5,000 won-keyword “no limit” partners to challenge “global hegemony” without naming the US
However, India will falter in the face of a China-led security framework. The strange man appeared at this BRICS summit, India is bound, constrained by its almost complete dependence on Russian weapons and ideological and political proximity growing of this country with the US.
India’s contrast with China could not be sharper.
Although their policies on the Ukraine war are similar, India and China operate under very different worldviews. India, a democracy, is at an impasse with China over its Himalayan land border. Thousands of troops from both sides are still deployed on the world’s highest battlefields, in rugged terrain and frigid temperatures. India and China share the world’s longest disputed border.
To complicate matters, India is dependent on Russian-supplied weapons. Estimates vary, but suggest 60% to 85% India’s legacy defense equipment is Russian-made. However, India is also central to the US Indo-Pacific strategy, through which the Biden administration is trying to counter an increasingly assertive China across the Asia-Pacific.
The observer said: “As Sino-Russian relations are on the rise, India’s relations with Russia are suffering. Harsh V. Pant Research Foundation told CNBC.
India is also a key member of the informal Security Quad, which includes the US, Australia and Japan. Beijing has criticized the group, calling it an “Asian NATO”.
“Russia’s relationship with China will continue to grow and India’s relationship with Russia, therefore, will continue to weaken. But in the immediate future, India has to manage Russia,” said Pant, vice president of research. research and foreign policy at ORF, a New Delhi-based think tank.