Conflict in Ukraine threatens globalization and could create a major ‘division’ in the world, says Josep Borrell
The Ukrainian crisis and the reaction of the West “to push” Russia towards China, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell warned during the opening session of the Doha Forum on Saturday.
This could lead to the creation of a major divide between North and South, the diplomat explained, stressing that such a scenario should be avoided.
“One of the bad consequences of what’s happening is that we can push Russia towards China, and we can create a divide between the global southeast and the global northwest,” Borrel said.
First of all, the West should intensify its efforts to end the Ukrainian conflict in order to avoid the emergence of such a global divide, he explained, describing the ongoing Russian offensive in Ukraine as a “war of attrition.”
“In order to avoid this trend, the first thing to do is to stop this war of aggression, war of attrition today”, the diplomat said, describing the West’s strategy as a mix of military aid to Ukraine and anti-Russian sanctions.
And what we are doing to support Ukraine, also by military means, without escalation, without horizontal or vertical escalation, which could lead [us] to a bigger conflict and try to put pressure on Russia by all means to make her pay the price.
The diplomat did not specify how such a strategy would help avoid “pushing” Russia in the arms of China. Since the start of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, Beijing has taken a neutral stance, urging all parties to stick to diplomacy, calling on the West to address Russia’s longstanding security concerns and opposing unilateral anti-Russian sanctions.
China’s stance has been interpreted by the West as pro-Russian, with the US-led NATO bloc openly urging Beijing to “to refrain from supporting Russia’s war effort in any way and to refrain from any action that helps Russia circumvent sanctions,” while accusing him of providing Moscow “with political backing, including spreading blatant lies and misinformation.”
Beijing, however, has refused to comply with such demands, pointing to NATO’s continued expansion in Eastern Europe as a key factor in the current conflict, and citing the embassy bombing. of China in Belgrade during the attack on Yugoslavia in 1999 as one of the reasons why he will not listen to a “conference on justice for the abuser of international law.”
Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, after a seven-year stalemate over kyiv’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements and Russia’s recognition of the Donbass republics with capitals in Donetsk and Luhansk. The protocols negotiated by Germany and France were designed to regularize the status of these regions within the Ukrainian state.
Russia has demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join NATO. kyiv insists the Russian offensive was unprovoked, denying claims it planned to retake the Donbas republics by force.