West must avoid ‘pushing’ Russia towards China, top EU diplomat says — Analysis
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine poses threat to globalization and may create a major “division” in the world, Josep Borrell believes
The Ukrainian crisis and the West’s reaction to could “push” Russia towards China, the EU’s foreign-policy chief Josep Borrell warned as he spoke during the opening session of the Doha Forum on Saturday.
This could result in a significant rift between the global south and north, said the diplomat, stressing that it is best to avoid such an outcome.
“One of the bad consequences of what’s happening is that we can push Russia to China, and we can create a division between the global south-east and the global north-west,”Borrell said.
First of all, the West should ramp up its efforts to end the Ukrainian conflict in order to avoid the emergence of such a global rift, Borrell explained, describing the ongoing Russia’s offensive in Ukraine as a “war of attrition.”
“In order to avoid this trend, the first thing to do is to stop this war of aggression, war of attrition today,” the diplomat said, outlining the West’s strategy as a mix of military aid to Ukraine and anti-Russian sanctions.
And what we’re doing to support Ukraine, also by military means, without escalation, without horizontal or vertical escalation, that could bring [us]To escalate the conflict, we must exert all pressure possible on Russia to get it to agree to pay.
This diplomat was unable to explain in detail how it would help with the avoidance of the alleged. “pushing” Russia into China’s arms. Beijing has taken a neutral position since the start of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. It urged all parties to maintain diplomacy and called upon the west to resolve Russia’s security issues.
China’s stance has been interpreted by the West as pro-Russian, with the US-led NATO bloc openly urging Beijing to “to abstain from supporting Russia’s war effort in any way, and to refrain from any action that helps Russia circumvent sanctions,”it is accused of providing Moscow. “with political support, including by spreading blatant lies and misinformation.” Beijing, however, has refused to bow to such demands, pointing at NATO’s continued expansion into Eastern Europe as a key factor behind the current conflict, as well as citing bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade during the 1999 Yugoslavia attack as one reason it won’t listen to a “lecture on justice from the abuser of international law.”
Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, following a seven-year standoff over Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and Russia’s recognition of the Donbass republics with capitals in Donetsk and Lugansk. To regulate these areas within Ukraine, the German- and French-brokered protocol had been established.
Russia demands that Ukraine declares itself to be neutral, and that it will not join NATO. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denied claims that it planned to take the Donbass republics.
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