Tension between two BRICS members: When Russia moves closer to one side, the United States supports another

Tension between two BRICS members: When Russia moves closer to one side, the United States supports another
Tension between two BRICS members: When Russia moves closer to one side, the United States supports another

The BRICS, a grouping of five major emerging nations, is currently plagued by internal tensions.

For several years, India and China have been engaged in a persistent border dispute, exacerbating rivalries within this coalition.

The situation has become even more complicated recently with the rapprochement between Russia and China following the war in Ukraine, a move perceived unfavourably by India.

In the same vein, the United States has moved closer to India, much to the chagrin of Russia and China.

This dynamic was illustrated last Tuesday when Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister, urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to seek a peaceful solution to the Ukrainian conflict.

Indeed, Narendra Modi, recently re-elected for a third term, met Vladimir Putin at the latter’s residence in Novo-Ogariovo, near Moscow.

The meeting was preceded by calls from the United States urging Modi to stress the importance of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

It coincided with a NATO summit in Washington, attended by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Russia remains a key supplier of arms and cheap oil to India.

However, its confrontation with the West and its rapprochement with China have complicated its relations with New Delhi.

The United States and its Western allies have in recent years stepped up efforts to strengthen ties with India.

They seek to counter China’s growing influence in the Asia-Pacific while pushing India to move away from Moscow.

In short, the tensions within the BRICS, accentuated by the war in Ukraine and international alliance strategies, reveal the challenges facing these emerging countries.

Russia, India and China must juggle their national interests while navigating a rapidly changing global environment.

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