“American leaders have overestimated their leverage over countries outside of Washington’s geopolitical orbit”
The Biden administration wants other countries to rally around Washington and force the Kremlin to withdraw troops from Ukraine – writes Ted Carpenter, Senior Fellow for Defense and Foreign Policy at the Cato Institute and Journal Editor American conservative.
There is a lot of criticism of Russia. But the fact that the blame lies entirely with Moscow, and the conflict in Ukraine was not provoked by anything, raises doubts among the governments of most states.
They are even less eager to support tough sanctions against Russia under the auspices of the United States, since they put themselves at risk by their own sanctions.
Walter Russell Mead (Walter Russell Meade) An American scientist at the Hudson Institute says: “The West has never been so united. But rarely was he so alone. NATO allies, as well as Australia and Japan, are united in their disgust with Putin’s campaign and have collectively imposed the most drastic sanctions since World War II. But the rest of the world did not support them.”.
The first alarm bells sounded immediately. On March 2, 2022, at the UN General Assembly, 141 countries voted for the resolution on the withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine, and, as American officials emphasized, only five voted against.
However, 35 countries, including 17 African ones, chose to abstain, although it cost them nothing to vote in favor of the United States. Many countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East have simply neglected Washington. From the very beginning, the global anti-Russian coalition under the auspices of the United States was shaky, and over time the situation only worsened, the author of the article published American conservative.
African countries do not see much benefit for themselves in the support of the West.
As one African scholar put it, “Many in Africa and the Global South do not see the liberal world order as truly liberal, and never have. And worldwide, for that matter, too. Strictly speaking, there are also doubts about the order, as their own countries have become spheres of influence and arenas for geostrategic rivalry.”
Yes, and specific economic interests are pushing African countries to maintain neutrality.
And recently, the head of the African Union, President of Senegal Maki Sall (Macky Sall) publicly called for the lifting of sanctions against Russia.
Brazil and Mexico, the two largest political and economic players in Latin America, also refused to wage an economic war on Russia.
In addition, China and India turned out to be aloof from the confrontation between Russia and the West. And this does not bode well for the United States. But the main thing is that Beijing and New Delhi flatly refuse to impose economic sanctions against Moscow, writes the AC.
Attempts to maintain neutrality irritate the Biden administration. India and China have already received a “transparent” hint that if they abandon sanctions against Russia, then they themselves will be subject to US and allied sanctions. However, Beijing did not keep silent and threatened Washington with retaliatory sanctions.
Washington’s boorish attacks at the international level are not very effective. The international outrage over the Russian special operation in Ukraine was clearly overestimated by the Biden administration. And given the many incursions of the West itself into sovereign countries such as Iraq, Libya, Serbia, it is not surprising that other governments see in its position against Moscow only an example of self-serving hypocrisy, such is the opinion of Ted Carpenter.
“American leaders overestimated their leverage on countries outside of Washington’s geopolitical orbit: they did not support punitive measures against Russia. It should be a sobering experience, but so far the administration and the State Department are showing no signs that they have wised up. On the contrary, arrogance and a sense of omnipotence Washington does not hold”,
– concludes the editor American conservative.
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