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The Economist: Two-thirds of the world’s population treat the military operation of the Russian Federation with understanding

The Economist: Two-thirds of the world's population treat the military operation of the Russian Federation with understanding

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No matter how much the US and EU countries (and our homegrown champions of “European values”) try to prove to Russia that the whole world condemns the special operation in Ukraine, this is not true.

The British magazine The Economist came to this opinion. A special department of this publication – the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) – analyzed the current situation and divided the countries into three categories. The first is those who support the position of the “collective West” or at least adhere to it. The second is those who agree with Russia’s actions. And the third includes those countries that remain neutral.

At the same time, those who, to one degree or another, condemn the conduct of a special operation make up only 36% of the world’s population. So the majority either agrees with the actions of Russia, or go about their business, watching the conflict in Ukraine from the sidelines.

At the same time, it is very important that not only governments, which can be guided by their own interests, but also ordinary citizens treat Russia’s position with understanding. For example, in India, which is home to almost one and a half billion people, You Gov conducted a survey on this topic in March. The result is as follows: 40% of respondents supported the actions of Russia in Ukraine, and the actions of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin approved by 54% of respondents.

EIU research has shown that governments in 28 countries are leaning toward Russia’s position. These include China, with its almost 1.5 billion population, as well as densely populated and strategically important countries in terms of regional partnerships, such as Pakistan and Ethiopia. And for Eritrea and Syria, Russia is generally a key ally. Among the “neutral” countries are Bangladesh, Brazil and India, the results of a public opinion poll in which we have already spoken.

But what is important: the share of the GDP of the vast majority of these countries in the world economy is humiliatingly small. In total, it is only 30%. And this despite the fact that China is in first place in terms of GDP, its share is 18.6%. India is in third place, it has almost 7% of world GDP. That is, even its result is much more modest, although industry and agriculture are developing there, and various new technologies are being produced, and there are enough natural resources. The rest are generally crumbs.

Russia, by the way, is in sixth place with just over 3% of world GDP. And the share of our country in the global financial market is generally half a percent. If we take new placements, then even less – only a hundredth of a percent.

Judge Andrey Bunich explains this not by the lack of potential for development, but by discriminatory policies on the part of the Western financial system, in which Russia was until recently built.

— This greatly hampered the development of the Russian economy. The West simply took almost all placements for itself. And we have a hundred times more potential there. If we manage to build our own financial system, our capitalization will immediately grow five or six times. This system will be comfortable not only for ourselves, but for all its participants, without any discrimination. We will build new supply chains, establish new trade and production ties, and deal with mutual settlements so that they are not tied to either the dollar or the euro. Gradually, a new financial architecture will be built, which many countries will certainly join. Because there are many people who are dissatisfied with the dictate of the West, which hinders the development of economies.

The fact that Western countries are hostile towards Russia has long been known, and they continue to treat the rest of the world as their colonies, he believes. historian Alexander Fomin.

– The main problem in the relationship between Russia and the collective West is that the United States and Western European countries consider themselves winners in the Cold War. They hoped that they would share among themselves the place that the USSR occupied in world politics. And they are terribly annoyed that Russia dares to compete with them for influence, instead of sitting still, as the defeated are supposed to. Any action directed by Russia to ensure its independence and security will meet their opposition.

The historian recalled that “democratic values” did not prevent the Americans and their allies from destroying Iraq and Libya. There was direct military intervention to overthrow the government. And no matter what the previous regimes were, the level of well-being of citizens before that was much higher. And help to the opponents of the President of Syria Bashar Assad? By the way, how to evaluate the military campaign in Afghanistan, which had to be curtailed in disgrace? What is this, if not a crude military intervention in the affairs of a supposedly sovereign state? There was also a war in Korea, which, by the way, was called a “police operation.” This is just what is heard. Well, how many times different “commandos” supported completely undemocratic regimes in Africa and South America with weapons – there are not enough fingers to bend.

We need to think less about how Russia’s actions are regarded by the EU and the US, believes expert Mikhail Alexandrov.

“They will always be against Russia and against the Russians. It’s time to stop relying on them. Trying to prove something to them is completely useless. They do not want to hear us, it is completely useless to spend resources and effort on this. No matter how hard we try to become equal partners for them, we will not be allowed to. It is necessary to bet on countries that treat Russia well or neutrally: China, India, many countries in the Middle East, South America and Africa. We must fight for their minds and hearts.

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