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these big countries which do not apply the sanctions against Russia


India has condemned the war crimes perpetrated by the Russian army in Boutcha, Ukraine. But it does not intend to stop its trade with Russia. On the contrary, since the start of the conflict, it has been buying large quantities of oil at discounted prices. And it is preparing to develop these exchanges.

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On March 31, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited India. He was received by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had refused to see British Minister Liz Truss come a few days earlier.

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India and Russia set up a non-dollar exchange mechanism. New Delhi remains a major customer of the Russian military industry. The United States grows impatient and multiplies the warnings, but that has not convinced India to take sides in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Turkey torn between two partners

Same attitude on the part of Turkey, heavily dependent on Russian energy and wheat, and which also has close ties with Ukraine, a country to which it sells military equipment. Torn between these two partners, Turkey did not choose. It has closed the Dardanelles Strait to all military vessels, welcomes discussions between Ukrainian and Russian negotiators and has not sanctioned Russia.

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“The Turkish President points out that the sanctions were not voted by the UN Security Council, therefore that his country complies with international legality”, explains Deniz Ünal, economist at the Center for Prospective Studies and International Information (Cepii). Russia has a right of veto in the UN Security Council, which makes any decision on sanctions impossible.

Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, many large emerging countries have refused to implement economic retaliation measures. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, for example, said: “We want peace, but we don’t want to bring consequences here. »

Indonesia, the country that currently chairs the G20, has refused to oust Russia from this club of major economies, despite insistent requests from the United States. And China is being extremely cautious, merely calling on all parties “to the greatest restraint”while urging rich countries to respect the “reasonable concerns of Russia”…

Authoritarian leaders in major emerging countries

“Many of the major emerging countries are today in the hands of authoritarian leaders who prefer not to position themselves, because they are above all concerned with defending the immediate interests of their country, Deniz Unal analysis. Many countries of the South believe that the rich countries have organized globalization for their own benefit, which explains their choice of neutrality. »

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The think tank Le Grand Continent has produced a map showing the countries that have adopted sanctions against Russia. You can find all of Europe, North America, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Colombia, Ecuador and Paraguay. Conversely, a few countries have sided with Russia: Syria, Venezuela, Eritrea, Burma, Belarus and North Korea. The rest of the world is content to remain silent or express mere political condemnation of Russian aggression against Ukraine.

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