According to US President Joe Biden, at a February 24 press conference, “the vast majority of the world is in total opposition to what Putin is doing.” Even though the world disapproves of President Vladimir Putin’s actions, international reactions fell short of a universal denunciation.
While all the speakers at the UN Security Council urged diplomacy over conflict, the US’s condemnations of Russian troop build ups weren’t echoed quite as loudly as Washington would have preferred. We’re still a long way from having “the world … speak out in one voice,” as President Joe Biden put it Monday in a statement.
The two major Asian nations, China and India didn’t sharply condemn the Russian attack, if not for the fact Russia, India, South Africa, and China belong to BRICS. One reason for BRICS was to support other members economically in cases such as sanctions or economic blockades. African nations like Nigeria and Egypt didn’t condemn Russia either.
Brazil has appeared to be a weak link in BRICS as they wavered until they succumbed to US pressure to vote in favour of the UN Security Council. Even though 11 out of 15 UN Security Council members did vote in favour of the resolution, many just called for the cessation of violence and return to negotiations.
All of which begs the question, why? Why have Western nations failed to secure unequivocal universal denunciation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?
The short answer: there may be fear and suspicion among nations of being dragged into another Cold War, a Cold War 2.0 between the US and Russia. Kyiv may be the victim and Moscow the aggressor, but in the eyes of many, Washington is not totally innocent in all of this.
As the self-appointed “world policeman”, the US stands accused or at least is seen to interfere in the internal affairs of other states under…