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Polish President Andrzej Duda has harshly rebuked Russia for its invasion of Ukraine, promising “100% support” for President Volodymyr Zelensky and calling on Moscow to pay reparations to kyiv. “I simply cannot accept that Russia can violate international law with impunity.”
Russian aggression against Ukraine has rekindled unity within the West and underlined for many Western countries the importance of democratic values. Finland and Sweden, in particular, have set aside their longstanding policies of neutrality and have applied to join NATO. “We are in a totally new situation and we have to realize this,” said Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, noting that the collapse of Europe’s post-war security architecture, as well as the Russia’s increased appetite for risk, were among the main factors that pushed Finland to apply for membership.
Haavisto said that in this “grey period” between the Nordic country’s application to join the alliance and its eventual full membership, when it will receive mutual security protection under Article 5 of the NATO charter, NATO members have assured Finland and Sweden that they will guarantee security. Asked about Turkey’s stated objection to extending membership to Finland and Sweden, he said he was confident that Helsinki could address the concerns.
Alarmed by an increasingly competitive geopolitical landscape marked by growing friction between the United States and China, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, stressed the need for cooperation.
“If we’ve learned anything from COVID, it’s that we need to focus on cooperation and I think we need to keep looking for ways to foster that cooperation. Even when there are differences, when there are has competition, we need to find mechanisms to talk to each other.He noted that Saudi Arabia, which values both its extensive commercial relationship with China and its national security relationship with the United States, is well placed to facilitate dialogue between the major world powers.
Prince Faisal’s remarks were echoed by Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, who commented on the ‘binary choice’ that countries with close ties to both China and the United States are increasingly called to do. “We usually get asked this question all the time: who do you choose? It shows how far we have fallen as a global community,” she said. This is particularly difficult, she noted, for a country like Pakistan, which is already in a fiscal crisis and now faces “a superimposed food security crisis”.
Gregory W. Meeks, Democratic Congressman from New York’s 6and district and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, hailed the bipartisan support for a recent Senate bill pledging $40 billion in humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine, as well as the broad international support the benefited.
He also focused on the potential food crisis, stressing the need to break the blockade of Ukrainian Black Sea ports so that Ukrainian grain can be delivered to the many countries that depend on it. “You have to open [the port of Odessa] because it was not limited to what is happening in Ukraine; it threatens the whole world.
Madrid is hosting the NATO summit next month and Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Albares Bueno has hailed the alliance’s response to Russian aggression in Ukraine. But he underlined the threat that the looming food crisis, if left unresolved, could pose to Europe. Noting that the Sahel – the region of North Africa bordering the Sahara – is not only already deeply food insecure, he warned that rising grain prices could trigger potentially destabilizing migration to the north. “Unity is our best defense.”