Copyright © 2024 Euromaidanpress.com

The work of Euromaidan Press is supported by the International Renaissance Foundation

When referencing our materials, please include an active hyperlink to the Euromaidan Press material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. To reprint anything longer, written permission must be acquired from [email protected].

Privacy and Cookie Policies.

Most former Soviet republics seek ‘balance’ on Ukraine to avoid angering Moscow or breaking with the West

A residential building in Saltіvka, a suburb of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, after bombardment by the Russian military. March 9, 2022. The Russo-Ukrainian War (2014-present). Credit: Ukrainian Freedom
A residential building in Saltіvka, a suburb of the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, after bombardment by the Russian military. March 9, 2022. Credit: Ukrainian Freedom
Most former Soviet republics seek ‘balance’ on Ukraine to avoid angering Moscow or breaking with the West

Most former Soviet republics have sought to maintain a “balanced” position on Putin’s war in Ukraine lest anything they or their populations do anger Moscow or lead to complications or open breaks with the West, according to Aleksandr Vytovich of the Belarusian ThinkTanks portal.

He draws that conclusion on the basis of an investigation by the Berlin Center for East European and International Studies on public action, media coverage, and government statements in seven former Soviet republics – Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Moldova:

  1. Georgia’s government has been divided in its reaction, but its population has been almost uniformly pro-Ukrainian.
  2. Azerbaijan’s government is officially neutral because it has good relations with both Ukraine and Russia and because while Baku values Ukraine’s support of Azerbaijan’s territorial integrity, it also must reckon with the fact that there Russian “peacekeeping” troops on its territory.
  3. Armenia also has occupied a neutral position. For example, it voted against the recent resolution excluding Russia from the Council of Europe but it has announced that it has no intention of recognizing the self-proclaimed “people’s republics” in the Donbas. The Armenian population is divided about the war.
  4. Kazakhstan also takes a neutral position, but it too has refused to recognize the self-proclaimed Donbas republics. In contrast to the media in Russia and some other countries, it uses both Russian and Ukrainian sources to report on the war.
  5. Kyrgyzstan has not taken a clear position, criticizing the war on some occasions but has expressed its “understanding” of Moscow’s recognition of the Donbas republics.
  6. Uzbekistan has also maintained neutrality but its coverage of the war has included stories critical of Russia. Unlike in most other countries in the region, there have not been demonstrations for or against Russia’s war in Ukraine.
  7. Moldova has sharply condemned Putin’s invasion of Ukraine and taken a variety of unilateral actions to limit any possibility Moscow will exploit Moldovan territory or airspace against Ukraine, but at the same time, it has not joined the EU sanctions regime because it feels its economy is too dependent on Russia’s to take that step.

Read More:

You could close this page. Or you could join our community and help us produce more materials like this.  We keep our reporting open and accessible to everyone because we believe in the power of free information. This is why our small, cost-effective team depends on the support of readers like you to bring deliver timely news, quality analysis, and on-the-ground reports about Russia's war against Ukraine and Ukraine's struggle to build a democratic society. A little bit goes a long way: for as little as the cost of one cup of coffee a month, you can help build bridges between Ukraine and the rest of the world, plus become a co-creator and vote for topics we should cover next. Become a patron or see other ways to support. Become a Patron!

To suggest a correction or clarification, write to us here

You can also highlight the text and press Ctrl + Enter

Please leave your suggestions or corrections here


    Will the West continue to support Ukraine?
    • Know what moves the world.
    • Stay informed with Kompreno.
    • Get quality journalism from across Europe.
    Special discount
    for Euromaidan Press readers
    Euromaidan Press

    We are an independent media outlet that relies solely on advertising revenue to sustain itself. We do not endorse or promote any products or services for financial gain. Therefore, we kindly ask for your support by disabling your ad blocker. Your assistance helps us continue providing quality content. Thank you!

    Related Posts