Has the West found an Asian geopolitical ally in Singapore?
01 May 2022 | 5:11 am
For years, Singapore has been considered a skilled practitioner of hedging between the world's superpowers and not taking sides. Now it is one of the few Asian countries to openly condemn Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
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As Antony Blinken responds in writing to Russia's demands for an overhaul of Eastern Europe's security architecture, in the same breath he urges American citizens in Ukraine to leave. This Wednesday's "Normandy Format" talks, including France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine, serve as a reminder that Ukraine has already lost its territorial integrity – back in 2014 when Russia annexed Crimea and supported the insurgency that's raged since in the southeast. So what is Moscow after this time?
The ECOWAS bloc has suspended Burkina Faso after the army overthrew the president. Burkina Faso is the third member to face punishments from the bloc as a result of a military takeover in roughly 18 months.
A coup in Burkina Faso follows military takeovers in Guinea and Mali as civilian administrations are blamed for a failure to tackle a rise in insurgent violence.
The government of Burkina Faso said last week that it had averted a plot by armed forces to take over the country. This attempted coup in Burkina Faso comes hot on the heels of military take-overs in Mali as well as in Guinea.
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All bets are off: the Russian president has made his move. Months of Western efforts to stave off a Crimea-like land grab seem to have been wiped out with the stroke of a pen. Does Vladimir Putin's recognition of two breakaway regions of Ukraine's Donbass as independent mean war? Armoured vehicles are now near the front line, after Putin claimed that another Vladimir - Lenin - gave away eastern Ukraine when he formed the Soviet Union. We discuss the situation, and the international response.
Have Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin joined forces against the West? And is democracy under pressure? Guests: Sudha David-Wilp (German Marshall Fund), Didi-Kirsten Tatlow (DGAP), Vladimir Esipov (DW)
How to respond to Russia's soldiers and tanks? After months of buildup and shuttle diplomacy, the gloves are now off as Russian President Vladimir Putin's has made his move for southeastern Ukraine. How far is the West willing to go for a non-NATO member that is pining to join the military alliance?
Western powers ramp up sanctions against Russia, but will it be enough? Never since World War II has a sovereign state attacked another with such force. Russia launched an invasion with attacks by land, sea and by air. It followed a speech in which President Vladimir Putin promised the “de-Nazification” of Ukraine's democratically-elected government.
Russia's top banks, technology and aerospace industries, and debt markets are targeted by the United States, Britain and the European Union in response to the invastion of Ukraine. But the West remains divided on excluding Russia from the SWIFT interbank transfer system.
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