The Economist magazine conducted a study and found out which countries supported Russia during the aggravation of the situation around Ukraine. The British outlet divided the countries of the world into three categories: pro-Russian, neutral, and pro-Western. It turned out that more than a hundred countries fell into the group of pro-Western countries, in which, however, only 36 per cent of the world’s population lives.
According to The Economist, 131 countries in the world stick to pro-Western positions, while 28 states, including China, Syria, Pakistan, Eritrea and Ethiopia, fell into the category of pro-Russian ones. These countries account for more than a third of the world’s population. Another 32 countries, which are home to about a third of the world’s population, were classified as neutral. These included India, Brazil, and Bangladesh.
The authors of the publication note that two-thirds of the world’s population live in countries that support Russia or take a neutral position. It is also specified that the results are strongly influenced by China and India, with their large populations. Thus, the authors concluded that not all the world community is ready to recognize Russia as an outcast.
In addition, German economist Andreas Beck said that the sanctions against Moscow did not lead to the isolation of Russia, but isolated those countries that imposed them. According to him, many countries did not support anti-Russian restrictive measures. The expert recalled that China, India, Israel, Pakistan, almost all countries of Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South America and Africa refused restrictions against Moscow.
Besides, the economist warned that Germany was in a dangerous situation, since in the global economy, in the end, everything comes down to access to resources. Russia is an important exporter of aluminum and nickel, on the supply of which Germany depends. Beck added that these Russian resources are also in demand in the US.
The Swiss TV channel SRF also said that anti-Russian sanctions could hit the economies of countries that impose them. He notes that the rejection of Russian gas could lead to widespread shortages in Germany. Also, if the largest chemical concern BASF stops working, there will be a shortage of construction materials and semi-finished products. In turn, the automotive industry may stop due to problems with the production of windshields. Pharmaceuticals and the food industry will also face a shortage of essential ingredients, the Swiss TV channel warned.
The New York Times newspaper, citing two high-ranking officials, previously reported that even among Western countries, there is no unity on the issue of further policy towards Russia. In particular, the Baltic States considered it necessary to completely break off relations with Moscow, while NATO countries such as France, Germany, and Turkey called for continued contacts with Russian President Vladimir Putin.