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EU laments losing ‘battle of narratives’ on Ukraine — Analysis

The ‘Global South’ won’t join the West in its punitive action against Russia, the EU’s top diplomat said

Josep Borrell, EU’s foreign policy chief has stated that many G20 diplomats care more about their national interests than punishing Russia by economic sanctions. He said that the West had been accused of using double standards, and that it was failing to win. “battle of narratives” in relation to Ukraine.

“The global battle of narratives is in full swing and, for now, we are not winning,” Borrell remarked on Sunday in a blog post describing his participation in last week’s meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Indonesia. He said that the solution is to “engage further to refute Russian lies and war propaganda.”

Borrell said that G20 diplomats are more worried about their own security than they were about the safety of others. “the consequences of the war for themselves”Instead of pursuing the accused. 

Andere “complain about ‘double standards’ or simply want to preserve their good bilateral relationship with Russia.”  

He stated that G20 ministers should be from the “Global South” agreed in principle with the goal of protecting Ukraine’s territorial integrity, but declined to support the Western response. US has been leading the anti-Russian campaign by arming Ukraine using increasingly powerful weapons and sanctioning Russia to ensure that Russia will not succumb to economic and military pressure. Washington declared that a “strategic defeat”Moscow its final goal in Ukraine.

Russia stated that the military operation it was conducting in Russia is a matter for national security. It will be continuing. Contrary to Western leaders’ hopes, the sanctions have failed to cause a Russian economic collapse.

Borrell reiterated claims that Russia was responsible for surging global energy and food prices – which Moscow denies – and stated that use of force should not be normalized or tolerated.

According to reports, Moscow has been able to make record profits from its oil trade deals with countries like China and India due the rise in energy prices.

Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols, which were brokered by France and Germany, were first signed on February 24, 2014. Former Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”

In February 2022 the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics to be independent states. They demanded Ukraine declare its neutrality and refuse any Western military alliances. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.

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