August 19, 2022

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US campaign to isolate Russia and China generates little support - Escambrai

US campaign to isolate Russia and China generates little support – Escambrai

Top G7 officials tried to defend the coercive measures against the Kremlin, but were met with a lack of interest by half of the G-20 to isolate Moscow.

Washington did not achieve the desired response in this campaign.

An analysis by Bloomberg News on Friday showed that few countries have so far joined the US campaign to isolate Russia and China.

Although Washington and its allies have imposed sanctions on Russia over the military operation in Ukraine, half of the members of the Group of Twenty (G20) have not joined and represent about 85 percent of global economic production, media reported.

The text adds that senior officials of the G7 (a group of the seven richest countries on the planet) tried to defend coercive measures against the Kremlin, but were met with the lack of interest of half of the G-20 to isolate Moscow.

One of those who reject China is China, Bloomberg stressed, noting that just weeks before Russia’s incursion into Ukraine began, Chinese President Xi Jinping joined his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and declared a friendship “without borders.”

China’s spending on Russian oil has skyrocketed since the outbreak of the Ukraine conflict, and in lieu of sanctions, last June Beijing bought 72% more Russian energy compared to the previous year.

China is “far from alone” in its rejection of anti-Russian restraints, material revisions.

It is reported that the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, spoke with Putin about the possibilities of increasing trade; Turkey refused to abide by the restrictions. Saudi Arabia also maintains good relations with Moscow through the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC+).

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The same is happening with countries in Latin America and Africa, where Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has highlighted Moscow’s historic support for African liberation movements.

In an effort to “restore the narrative not only against China, but also against Russia,” Secretary of State Anthony Blinken will travel from Asia to South Africa on August 7, and then on to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

In addition, and for the same purpose, the administration of President Joe Biden has invited African leaders to participate in the Washington-led summit scheduled for mid-December this year in order to strengthen commitment to “democracy and human rights.”