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Shameless Beggar Zelenskyy Taking Tin Cup to United Nations, Targeting Support from Africa, Asia, and Latin America
The changing geopolitical dynamics of the world appear to be weighing heavily on the mind of Volodymyr Zelenskyy as he watches the global influence of his western allied membership diminish.
With BRICS and non-western nations now walking through the wonderland of enhanced economic opportunity, and with Russia finding friendships outside the manipulations of the Western Alliance and NATO, and with US taxpayers getting increasingly hostile about the money we are sending to fuel the indulgent lifestyles of Ukranian politicians, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is scratching his puzzler and trying to figure out how best to position himself for more global money.
I will say the published effort below appears doomed from the outset, as Africa, Asia and Latin America are likely to laugh at the pale faced guy who wears a UPS uniform. Outside the boundaries of the western alliance, Zelenskyy is the Bud Light of geopolitics.
New York – Call it Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s “special diplomatic operation.”
The Ukrainian president plans to show up in person at the United Nations’ annual gathering of world leaders next week. And he has a mission: Use one-on-one charm to convince an array of hesitant countries to back Kyiv against Russia.
Zelenskyy hopes to make his case both in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly and in a blizzard of meetings with fellow leaders, according to a senior Ukrainian government official familiar with the planning.
But the effort faces serious challenges. Many of the countries that have avoided taking sides hail from Africa, Asia and Latin America — often called the Global South — and they are loath to anger any world power if it could damage their own national interests. Even if they’ve rhetorically condemned the Kremlin’s invasion, many haven’t cut economic or diplomatic ties or enforced Western sanctions on Russia, allowing Moscow to keep up some cash flow.
Still, Ukrainian leaders believe they have to make their case. The Zelenskyy trip is part of a broader surge in Ukrainian diplomacy that has coincided with Kyiv’s military counteroffensive against Russia. (read more)
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