Russia's invasion of Ukraine prompted strong responses in the US and in Europe. Reactions were mixed however in other parts of the world. Strategic ties with Russia mean countries are not willing to compromise their national interests by joining in on sanctions. Mahaut de Fougières, Head of Institut Montaigne’s International Politics Program, gathered non-Western perspectives to better understand countries’ perceived ambiguity on the conflict.
Indonesia: Looking Up to Russia, and Away from Europe
Three questions to Gilang Kembara
Though it called for the withdrawal of Russian forces in Ukraine, Indonesia’s interests and its strong anti-Western sentiment tip the diplomatic scale towards supporting Putin.
India: Keeping Russia on the Network
Three questions to Nandan Unnikrishnan
What is India's position in the ukrainian conflict? How have its relations with Russia evolved since?
Senegal: The "Voice" of Africa in the Russian-Ukrainian Crisis
Three questions to Babacar Ndiaye
Senegal abstained from the March 2 UN General Assembly vote, condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, yet while visiting Putin in Moscow in early June, President Macky Sall called for an end to the war. How should Senegal’s posture be understood?
Morocco: a Regional Player
Three questions to Jamal Machrouh
The fact that Morocco absented itself from the March 2 UN General Assembly vote raised many questions. This choice could well be representative of its strategy in the Ukrainian conflict.
Brazil: Agribusiness Before Diplomacy
Three questions to Feliciano Guimarães
Brazil has so far maintained a certain neutrality towards the Ukrainian conflict. There are internal reasons behind this diplomatic position.