Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to travel to Iran on July 19 for a Syria summit with his Iranian counterpart Ebrahim Raisi and Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The meeting is basically planned to shore up a non-West support base to face sanctions on Russia and to counter the West’s support to Ukraine.
This is increasingly becoming a clash of the West versus the non-West countries. It is certainly not conducive for the world peace. Russia has blocked export of some 20 million tonnes of grain from the Ukrainian ports and the West is tightening the noose by sanctioning Russia even more. As this conflict is gradually becoming a ‘protracted battle’ the rest of the world should brace for more hardship and chaos.
As the world was just about getting back to its feet after the pandemic, the Russia-Ukraine conflict escalated and changed the world for the worse. The economic impact of the war clearly shows that there was a deliberate intent to hurt the global economy. The supply chains have been disrupted all over the world. The fuel prices have reached unprecedented high levels. There is no apparent effort being made by any party to end this conflict or find an amicable solution acceptable to both rival countries. This is incomprehensible.
Militarily speaking, Russia has about 20 to 30 percent of its border with Ukraine under its control. The present strategic situation could be sustained as a ‘line of control’.
Militarily speaking, Russia has about 20 to 30 percent of its border with Ukraine under its control. The present strategic situation could be sustained as a ‘line of control’. Russia could have deterrence against any prospective western military advances. Both parties under the auspices of the United Nations should agree this upon.
The Covid-19 pandemic not only impacted people that got infected but also those that survived it. Unemployment soared, prices of essential items went up, auto and travel industries got hit and are still recovering.
We survived it, nevertheless. It seemed the worst had been over – till Russia invaded Ukraine in February this year, as if there is no rest for the wicked.
Winter will arrive in a few months and life for people living in European countries will become more difficult due to shortage of fuel and gas and soaring prices of food items, including grain. The rest of the world will also be at the receiving end and many poor nations will not be able to cope up with this hardship. Sanity should prevail.