While the war in Ukraine has done a lot to repair the West’s once frayed alliance, it’s also brought together a disparate group of countries throughout the Global South who have resisted condemning Russia for the invasion and Moscow’s brutal assault on civilian populations.
To those small and mid-sized countries, picking a side in this conflict is a luxury many feel they simply cannot afford given the powerful geopolitical currents that are now in motion. Nowhere is this more evident than in Africa where around half the continent sought to abstain from the two UN votes to condemn Russia and many more have sought to stay out of the fray among the competing power centers in Moscow, Beijing, Washington, and Brussels.
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