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Russia-China derails joint statement

  • Published
    3rd Mar, 2023

In the ongoing meeting of G20 countries for security discussions, India issues a chairman’s summary naming Russia and China for not joining the consensus on Ukraine from the Bali document.

  • India has mentioned due to "divergences" among G20 members on the question of the Russia-Ukraine war, a joint statement could not be issued after the meeting of foreign ministers.
  • This is the second ministerial-level meeting where Russia and China refused to countenance Western criticisms of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
  • The recently concluded G20 Finance Ministers meeting in Bangalore also saw similar tensions, with the attendant countries unable to agree on a joint communique after the meeting ended.

Western countries on Ukraine’s invasion:

  • The U.S. administration has formally concluded that Moscow had committed “crimes against humanity” during its year-long invasion of its neighbour.

February 24 will mark one year since Russia mounted a large-scale invasion of Ukraine, beginning a ground war in Europe that Putin still refers to as a “special military operation.”

  • NAFTA, a security alliance between North America and Europe, was formed in order to safeguard and defend democratic freedoms.
  • Signed on April 4, 1949, the treaty attempted to thwart any further Soviet incursion.
  • It formed a power balance in Europe and guaranteed the safety of all its members.
  • As a result, member nations pool their military resources and strengthen their defences.
  • As a result, NATO served as a democratic engine that promoted common ideals and interests while also indirectly rebuffing communism.

The USSR signed the Warsaw pact in 1955 because it considered NATO a danger.

  • If an attack was launched on a member of the Warsaw Pact or NATO, other members would protect that country as a whole.
  • As a result, two instruments with similar construction and intended use were put to the test (The North Atlantic Treaty, 1949).

Russia on Western countries:

  • To prevent NATO's "eastward expansion" and to deny alliance membership to the states of the former Soviet Union, Russia used the treaty as a vehicle to request that the United States refrain from deploying forces of international organisations and military coalitions in areas where they could be perceived as a threat to national security.
  • In addition, Russia demanded that the United States refrain from deploying missiles launched from the ground that may strike targets on the other party's national territory.
  • The deal was slammed as 'unreasonable' and rejected
  • Since NATO's behaviours and claims do not coincide, it looks that the organisation simply values diplomacy on paper.
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