Courtesy of Belarus Digest (Belarus), Council on Foreign Relations (USA) and The Diplomat (USA)
- BELARUS DIGEST
Many interesting stories about war in Ukraine.
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- COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS
Top of the Agenda
* Putin Claims Russia Is Defending ‘Motherland’ by Invading Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to justify the invasion of Ukraine as necessary for “defending the motherland” (RFE/RL) during a parade celebrating the Allies’ victory over Germany in World War II. In his speech, Putin falsely cast Ukrainian fighters as Nazis, but did not announce (NYT) a change in Russia’s military campaign or say how long it could continue.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy released a video of his own speech, in which he compared Russia’s forces to those of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler. At a virtual meeting with Zelenskyy yesterday, leaders of Group of Seven (G7) countries pledged to ban or phase out imports of Russian oil.
“[Putin’s] speech remains incredibly belligerent. It justifies both further fighting and territorial acquisition—and does the latter more clearly than ever before,” King’s College London’s Sam Greene tweets.
“However the war unfolds, Putin’s inner circle assumes no letup in Russia’s broader confrontation with Europe and the United States,” CFR’s Stephen Sestanovich writes.
- THE DIPLOMAT
Russia-Ukraine War: The Economic Impact for the Asia-Pacific
When Russian troops moved into Ukraine in late February, Moscow may not have realized it was about to reshape the global economy. From the direct impact of war on production and shipment of goods from Ukraine and Russia to the second-level effect of tight sanctions imposed by the U.S., EU, and others, the economic fallout is being felt all over the world.
Beyond immediate term shortages and supply chain fallout, the move to excise Russia from the advanced economies of the West is bringing home the reality of what decoupling and deglobalization really look like in practice, with major implications for the Asia-Pacific.
Join us on May 11 at 10 a.m. GMT / 3:30 p.m. Indian Standard Time for a discussion of how the events in Ukraine are reshaping economies in Asia, and how governments in China, India, and beyond will reformulate their long-term strategies in response.
* Webinar Speakers
Dingding Chen is Professor of International Relations at Jinan University, Guangzhou, China and Non-Resident Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) Berlin, Germany. He is also the Founding Director of 海国图智研究院 (Intellisia Institute), an independent think tank focusing on international affairs in China.
Dr. Biswajit Dhar is Professor at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.
Bruno Maçães is the director of Diplomat Risk Intelligence, the research and consulting division of The Diplomat. Maçães is a well-known consultant and analyst and has authored numerous books, most recently “Geopolitics for the End Time.”
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