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The three Major summits World leaders That took place across the board Asia in the One thing is clear from the past week: Vladimir Putin has been exiled on the The world stage

Putin, the target of his attack on Ukraine the past nine months has devastated the European country and roiled the global economy, declined any of the diplomatic gatherings – and instead found himself subject to significant censure as international opposition to his war appeared to harden.

A meeting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, (APEC). leaders in Bangkok closed on Saturday with a declaration that references nations’ stances expressed in Other forums, such as in a UN resolution deploring “in the strongest terms” While Russian aggression towards Ukraine is not without its faults, there are divergent views.

It echos verbatim a declaration made by the Group of 20 (G20). leaders summit in Bali earlier in the week

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“Most members strongly condemned the war in Ukraine and stressed it is causing immense human suffering and exacerbating existing fragilities in the global economy,” the Document stated that there were different versions “assessments” on the Situation within the group.

Discussions the summits aside, the week has also shown Putin – who it is believed launched his invasion in A bid to restore Russia’s supposed former glory – as increasingly isolated, with the Russian leader settles down in Moscow is unwilling to meet its counterparts at major international meetings.

Fear of possible political maneuvers against him if he leaves the Capital is an obsession with Personal security and the desire to avoid confrontation scenes the summits – especially as Russia Faces heavy losses in the battlefield – were all likely calculations that went into Putin’s decision, according to Alexander Gabuev, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

He might not want to attract unwanted attention. on the Few countries have remained friendly to each other. RussiaFor example, India and China. leaders Putin saw in Regional summit in Uzbekistan in September.

“He doesn’t want to be this toxic guy,” Gabuev stated.

But this is true even for countries who haven’t adopted a hardline against the terrorism. RussiaIf you are not patient, then there may be signs that you have lost your patience. with Russia Its self, rather than against the knock-on Its aggression has had devastating effects. Now, stifled energy, food security issues and spiraling inflation are all threatening the economies. the The world is your oyster.

Indonesia hosted the event. the G20 has not explicitly condemned Russia For the But Joko Widodo was the President of Indonesia and denied any invasion. leaders on Tuesday “we must end the war.”

India, which has been a significant purchaser of Russia’s energy even as the The West rejects Russian fuel in Recent months, it also reiterated its call for “find a way to return to the path of ceasefire” At the G20. The summit’s final declaration includes a sentence saying, “Today’s era must not be of war” – language that echoes what Modi told Putin in September was the month they met. on the sidelines This is the Summit in Uzbekistan.

It’s less clear if China, whose strategic partnership with Russia Xi Jinping and Putin have a strong relationship that has helped to achieve any shift in stance. Beijing has long denied condemnation the It is sometimes referred to as invasion. It’s instead decried Western sanctions and amplified Kremlin talking points blaming the NATO and the USA the Conflict, even though this rhetoric appears to be somewhat dialed down on Its state-controlled media outlets are domestic in Recent months

Ukrainian President Volodymir Zelensky addresses G20 leaders via video link from his office in Kyiv.

In sidelines meetings with Western leaders this past week, however, Xi reiterated China’s call for a ceasefire through dialogue, and, according to readouts from his interlocutors, agreed to oppose the Nuclear weapons in Ukraine – although those remarks were not included in China’s account of the talks.

But observers of China’s foreign policy say its desire to maintain strong ties with Russia It is likely to remain unshaken.

“While these statements are an indirect criticism of Vladimir Putin, I don’t think they are aimed at distancing China from Russia,” said Brian Hart, a fellow with the China Power Project the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington. “Xi is saying these things to an audience that wants to hear them.”

However, Russia’s isolation seems even more stark against the backdrop of Xi’s diplomatic tour in This week, Bali and Bangkok

Though US President Joe Biden’s administration has named Beijing – not Moscow – the “most serious long-term challenge” To the Global order, Xi was considered a valuable partner by Western leadersMany of these people met. with the Chinese leader to meet with the media for discussions aimed at improving communication and cooperation

Xi participated in an exchange with Kamala Harris, the US Vice President of Kamala Harris is representing the US at the Summit of the APEC in Bangkok, at the Event on Saturday. Harris said in A tweet she wrote after noting a “key message” from Biden’s G20 meeting with Xi – the Communication is vital. “to responsibly manage the competition between our countries.”

And in A passionate call for peace was delivered to a meeting leaders Assoc. the Summit of the APEC on Friday’s French President Emmanuel Macron seemed to draw a distinction among the two Russia’s actions and tensions with China.

While referring to the US-China competition, and growing confrontation in Asia’s regional waters, Macron said: “What makes this war different is that it is an aggression against international rules. All countries … have stability because of international rules,” Before calling Russia Please come back “to the table” “respect international order.”

US Vice President Kamala Harris meets with US allies at APEC following North Korea's ballistic missile launch on Friday.

After a Russian-made missile was launched, the urgency of this sentiment was amplified in Poland: Two people are killed on Tuesday, during the G20 summit. NATO member Poland could be triggered to respond to a threat to its security. the Whole bloc

After an initial investigation, the situation was resolved. the From where did the missile come? the Ukrainian side in an accident during missile defense – but highlighted the There is the potential for a wrong calculation to start a war.

One day later, US Secretary Of State Antony Blinken pointed at what he called “a “split-screen.”

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“As the world works to help the most vulnerable people, Russia targets them; as leaders worldwide reaffirmed our commitment to the UN Charter and international rules that benefit all our people, President Putin continues to try to shred those same principles,” Blinken told reporters Thursday night in Bangkok.

Entering into the Week of international meetings the The US and its allies were willing to send that message to international counterparts. And while strong messages have been made, gathering consensus around that view has not been easy – and differences remain.

Both the G20 and APEC declarations acknowledge that there are divisions in how members vote. in the UN will support resolution “deploring” Russian aggression; and state that while most members “strongly condemned” the war, “there were other views and different assessments of the situation and sanctions.”

This expression can be used in any context. with Both caveats were a difficult process summitsAccording to officials. Indonesia’s Jokowi said G20 leaders These were in effect up to “midnight” Talk about the Paragraph on Ukraine.

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Chinese leader Xi Jinping meet at APEC on November 18, 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand.

“There was a lot of pressure that came after the G20 reached consensus on their communique,” Matt Murray, the The top US official responsible for APEC spoke out in Interview with The Sunday Review the summit’s close, adding the US had been consistent during lower-level meetings “all year long” on the Need to address the Krieg in the Forum, due to its impact on Trade and food security

“In each and every instance where we didn’t get consensus earlier, it was because Russia blocked the statement,” He stated. Meanwhile, “economies in the middle” Concerned about the Invasion, but not certain it should be included the Murray claimed that the statements released at APEC this week were an agenda the Result of over 100 hours of talks in Both in person and online

Nations in the Groupings can have different geo-strategic or economic relationships with RussiaThese factors can have an impact on their stances. However, some Asian nations are concerned about whether censure policies will be implemented. Russia According to Kantathi Suhamongkhon, former Thai Foreign Minister, these are part of an American push for Moscow weakness, speaking to The Sunday Review in the Days ahead the summit.

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“Countries are saying we don’t want to just be a pawn in this game to be used to weaken another power,” Suphamongkhon was a member on the advisory board of the RAND Corporation Center for Asia Pacific Policy. Instead, he proposed a censure policy. Russia It is located around “violation of international law and war crimes that may have been committed” Would hit on Some aspects the Situation that “everyone rejects here,” He stated.

Rejection Russia These words could be sent to China as a message, since China has defied an international ruling that reaffirmed its territorial claims. in the South China Sea and has pledged to “reunify” with the self-governing democracy of Taiwan, which it’s never controlled, by force if necessary.

Although pressure has risen, this week’s efforts may have been more effective on Putin, the Russian leader has lived experience with such dynamics: prior to Putin’s expulsion over his annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014, the Group of Seven (G7) was the bloc the Group of Eight – and it remains to be seen whether the International expressions will have an effect.

But not without Putin in the fold, leaders This week, it is important to stress that suffering will end on – and there will be a hole in the International system

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