Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping will take pictures at a meeting in Beijing on February 4, 2022. The two countries announced an “unlimited” partnership before Russia invaded Ukraine, but are farther from Russia than depicted after Xi Jinping and Putin met.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the first major multilateral conference since the start of a provocative war with Ukraine.
At the end of the fourth month of the war, Putin will meet with fellow BRICS leaders at this year’s China-sponsored annual summit.
BRICS, an acronym for the group consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, was conceived in 2006 and held the first summit meeting in Russia in 2009. This group sees itself as the voice of developing countries.
At the Group’s 14th Annual Meeting, Putin may call on BRICS to establish a joint oil and gas refinery with Russia.Last month, Russia’s TASS news agency reported: Russian Industry Minister Denis Manturov He said this would help reduce the block’s reliance on energy supplies from “unreliable partners.”
Exiled from the SWIFT International Bank Transfer System, Russia is keen to break away from the dollar, which it considers to be a means to control the United States.At previous meetings, the BRICS countries Discussed such a move..
Earlier this month, Minister of Finance of Russia Anton Siluanov warned that sanctions could cause “global stagflation” And the food crisis. He called on the BRICS to work together to stabilize the economic situation. In April, Siluanov becomes BRICS Arrange trade settlements in each currency To avoid using the US dollar, according to the Russian news magazine Russia Briefing.
Xi may market alternative global orders
China’s President Xi Jinping may seek support from the BRICS for the vision of an alternative world order introduced as his signed Global Security Initiative at the April forum. The main premise of GSI is that seeking “absolute security” is counterproductive. It opposes the construction of “national security based on the anxieties of other countries.”
GSI may have a backer in Putin, who was in Beijing a few weeks before the invasion of Ukraine on February 24th.At that time, China and Russia 5,000-The word “unrestricted” partnership Aimed to challenge “global hegemony” without explicitly naming the United States
But India will resist a Chinese-led security framework. The strange man at this edition of the BRICS Summit, India, is constrained by an almost complete reliance on Russian weapons and an increase in ideological and political proximity to the United States.
The contrast between India and China is no longer clear.
Their policies on the Ukrainian War are similar, but India and China operate under very different worldviews. India, a democracy, is trapped in a conflict with China at the Himalayan border. Thousands of troops from both sides remain deployed on the world’s highest battlefield in rugged terrain and sub-zero temperatures. India and China share the longest conflict border in the world.
To make matters worse, India relies on Russian-supplied weapons. Estimates vary, but 60% to 85% Some of India’s legacy defense equipment is made in Russia. Nevertheless, India is also the cornerstone of the US Indo-Pacific strategy, and the Biden administration is trying to counter China, which is increasingly aggressive throughout the Asia-Pacific.
“Russia’s relations with India are affected by the gaining momentum in relations between China and Russia. Russia is dissatisfied with the concept of the Indo-Pacific and Japan-US-Australia-India strategic dialogue, of which India is an important member. I have stated, “said the observer. Research Foundation’s Harsh V. Pant told CNBC.
India is also a key member of the informal security group Quad, which includes the United States, Australia and Japan. Beijing has criticized the group by calling it “Asia’s NATO.”
“Russia-China relations will continue to expand and, as a result, India-Russia relations will continue to weaken, but in the short term India will have to control Russia,” said New Delhi-based. Sink tank, ORF.