By launching his special operation in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin thought he would find a divided West and deal the final blow to NATO. The opposite happened. The Westerners are united and the Atlantic Alliance, whose state of brain death Emmanuel Macron had pronounced, is resurrected. For their part, the Allies had expected that the "non-aligned" countries of the global South would line up behind them by denouncing Russian aggression and applying sanctions against Moscow. They were wrong. The war in Ukraine has accentuated misunderstandings between Westerners and emerging countries.
65% of the world's population lives in neutral countries or countries leaning towards Russia," recalled in early April The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a research unit of the British weekly The Economist. Many countries remain skeptical of Western claims that the battle for freedom and democracy in Ukraine is also theirs. "...
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