At the microphone of Sonia Mabrouk, Maurice Gourdault Montagne, former Secretary General at the Quai d’Orsay, notably mentioned the vision of non-Western powers on the war between Russia and Ukraine. According to the expert, countries like China and India are torn between economic interests linked to both Russia and the West.
Political guest of the morning of Europe 1, Maurice Gourdault Montagne, former secretary general at the Quai d’Orsay, spoke of the perception of non-Western countries to the war between Russia and Ukraine. He analyzes in particular the place of China in the conflict and considers that the support which would unite China to Russia is to be qualified.
According to the former secretary general of the Quai d’Orsay, China wants “to preserve essential links for them with the Western world, the United States and the European Union with which they do most of their foreign trade.”
“A report by the former Chinese ambassador to Ukraine takes stock of Russia. The report explains that the war is a strategic failure and that Russia has been unable to take over from the Soviet Union and develop a system that works, which is a distancing”, analyzes Maurice Gourdault Montagne. According to the former secretary general at the Quai d’Orsay, China develops two discourses. Thus, “official Chinese propaganda continues to develop Russian theses, but there is no gesture from China to support Russia”, he analyzed on Europe 1.
The reconstruction of economic circuits
Maurice Gourdault Montagne also spoke about the views of other non-Western powers on the conflict in Ukraine. “At the United Nations, there were about forty abstentions out of center-ninety countries. In a way, these countries look at us saying it’s a conflict between whites, it’s a conflict between “NATO, the Americans and Russia. Does it concern us? Do we have to take sides?” he said.
The former Secretary General supported his point with the example of India: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in France on a visit last week. We tried to convince him to join in this condemnation of the war. India condemns but wants to preserve its relations with Russia. They are neighbors of China and therefore they want to preserve the Russian alliance against the Chinese. Every subject is complicated.”
“These countries are saying to themselves, after all, shouldn’t we continue to distance ourselves? Let’s be very careful because economic circuits, trade circuits, financial circuits are in the process of being reconstituted, apart from of us, apart from the Europeans, apart from the Americans. The Russians will continue to export by other means. The Chinese will continue to buy from the Russians. All the non-Western powers will continue to buy from the Russians. And so we We are losing canals and economic circuits which are very important to us”, warns Maurice Gourdault Montagne.