While the West has strongly condemned the Russian President’s current statements on Ukraine and introduced sanctions, there are different reactions from other major countries.
India Views recent developments along Ukraine’s eastern border and Russia’s recognition of ‘people’s republics’ of Donetsk and Luhank with ‘great concern’, says India’s permanent representative to the UN , TS Tirumurti. However, India refrained from criticizing Moscow’s actions. The newspaper reports The Hindu.
At the start of the emergency Security Council meeting on Monday, Tirumurti called on the parties to the conflict to exercise restraint and engage in diplomatic dialogue. “The immediate priority is to defuse tensions, taking into account the legitimate security interests of all countries, with the aim of securing long-term peace and stability in the region and beyond,” Tirumurti said. He thus repeated New Delhi’s earlier position. India had decided not to join Western calls for action against Russia. At the UN Security Council, Britain, the United States, European officials and Kenya called Russia’s decision to recognize it an attack on Ukrainian sovereignty and announced sanctions and other measures.
Above all, mentioning the security interests of all countries is seen as a sign of support for Russia. India began evacuating its citizens from Ukraine on Monday.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid has stated loud and clear hair net in a TV interview that Israel “Traditionally, of course, join the Americans”, but in the current crisis, we must be more careful. One reason is the large Jewish communities in Russia and Ukraine. He added that “our border with Syria is in all respects a border with Russia”. In a meeting with American Jewish representatives, Lapid had said that “because of these interests, he must be more careful than any foreign minister in the world.”
Israel has been coordinating its military activities in Syria with Russia for years because Russia controls Syrian airspace. In addition, approximately one million people who immigrated from Russia and countries of the former Soviet Union live in Israel.
Haaretz writes that Lapid’s testimony may raise eyebrows in Washington. the Israel time notes that the West disagrees on whether an invasion has already taken place in eastern Ukraine and cites conflicting assessments by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell , and the governments of Poland and Great Britain.
Venezuela As one of the major oil producers, it has followed a pro-Russian trajectory for years and maintains strong economic and military ties with Russia. Just a few days ago, Venezuela announced that it would intensify its military cooperation with Russia. The Venezuelan government fully supports Russian President Vladimir Putin’s efforts to protect peace in his country and region, President Nicolas Maduro said in a statement broadcast on state television on Tuesday. Maduro accused the West of “militarily and strategically encircling Russia”, according to Turkish TV channel TRT. He said: “President Putin denounced before the UN Security Council that they (NATO) intended to encircle Russia and turned all NATO weapons against Russia to attack and destroy it as soon as the circumstances are right,” Maduro said. “And what does the world expect from President Putin if he sits idly by and does not act to defend his people? This is why Venezuela announces its full support for President Vladimir Putin. (BLZ)