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BRICS Imperative: Taking a Firm Stand Against Russia



The idea of a multipolar world order, promoted by the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), has gained popularity recently as an alternative to the United States' alleged hegemony on the international scene. However, the recent Russian military invasion and annexation of Ukraine has highlighted the need for these developing nations to take a resolute and unwavering stance against such aggressive activities.


The crisis has highlighted the need for the BRICS countries to hold Russia accountable and demand the removal of its forces from the occupied regions. It has also revealed the limitations of utopian conceptions of multipolarity.


The Erosion of Multipolarity Illusions

The fantasy of a peaceful multipolar world order supported by some anti-American elements has been destroyed by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. While critics frequently condemn American engagement in international crises, the Russian intervention in Ukraine has shown that equally imperialistic powers can fill power vacuums.


Most countries have condemned Russia's actions as a result of the egregious breach of Ukraine's sovereignty and the ensuing humanitarian tragedy. The BRICS countries, which are frequently hailed as alternatives to American hegemony, are currently facing a crucial test of their dedication to true multipolarity.


Several BRICS nations, particularly India and China, showed hesitation to support Russia's assertive approach as the issue developed. This shows that the concept of multipolarity does not release countries from their obligation to counteract blatant violations of international law and human rights.


While advocates of multipolarity frequently emphasise limiting Western influence, the Ukraine crisis emphasises the significance of upholding long-standing international norms and values. The resounding criticism of Russia's invasion by the UN General Assembly highlights the widespread opposition to such acts.


The BRICS countries cannot afford to disregard these ideals or waver in their support for a fair and peaceful international system. The BRICS nations, notably Russia, must understand that respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity, and human rights must go hand in hand with their goal of multipolarity. The invasion of Ukraine creates a perilous precedent that jeopardises the multipolar vision's credibility as well as the stability of the region.


Public Opinion and Accountability

The need for a resolute stance against Russian aggression is further underlined by public opinion within the BRICS countries. Despite the polarising nature of geopolitics, China and India are among the BRICS nations where the public has expressed disapproval of Russia's activities in Ukraine. This viewpoint emphasises that multipolarity shouldn't be associated with endorsing the unrestrained expansionism of any particular country.


The BRICS nations' governments must be aware of and take into account the concerns of their people while making fancy foreign policy decisions. If they don't, they run the risk of alienating their people and losing domestic support for the multipolar worldview they want to advance. The continuing Ukrainian crisis highlights the need for the BRICS countries to put aside delusional ideas of multipolarity and show a common commitment to preserving international norms, human rights, and the principles of multilateralism.

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