In an odd alignment of diplomatic symmetry, the four non-Russian members of the BRICS group have all refused to join the global movement to condemn Russia for its assault on neighboring Ukraine. There’s no evidence that any of these countries are coordinating their response with one another but each is using a similar hedging strategy where they seem keen to try and keep all of their options open:
Brazil is sending mixed signals about its position on the war. On Friday, Brazil voted at the UN to denounce the Russian invasion but then on Sunday President Jair Bolsonaro said his government “will not take sides” while adding that he was “in solidarity with Russia.”
- Get a daily email packed with the latest China-Africa news and analysis.
- Read exclusive insights on the key trends shaping China-Africa relations.
- Full access to the News Feed that provides daily updates on Chinese engagement in Africa and throughout the Global South.