- On Thursday morning, Russia launched an attack on its western neighbor
- The scene of the war is long, as the ghosts of the Cold War seem
- However, the Ukrainian government and its Western allies have vowed to continue their relationship.
- As for Pakistan’s position in the conflict, Imran Khan is the first world leader to meet with Mr Putin after the attack
- Russia should not have launched an offensive against the independent state
Unless immediate efforts are made to slow the economy, the crisis in Ukraine could turn into a catastrophe for Europe. On Thursday morning, Russia launched an attack on its western neighbor – a move the US and its European allies have been witnessing for weeks.
The scene of the war is long, as the ghosts of the Cold War seem to have been revived in a new war raging in Western Russia. In short, Russia was not happy with the growth of Western countries looking at Ukraine – where Moscow and Kyiv were both part of the Soviet Union – and had warned that any efforts to include Ukraine in Nato would have consequences.
However, the Ukrainian government and its Western allies have vowed to continue their relationship. The source of the controversy was Russia’s intervention in the name of the Moscow-based rebel group in the eastern Donbas region, which Vladimir Putin said was responsible for “the genocide by the Kyiv regime”.
As for Pakistan’s position in the conflict, Imran Khan is the first world leader to meet with Mr Putin after the attack. Although the prime minister’s visit to Russia is not good, the prime minister has used the occasion to express his concern about the situation. Clearly, Pakistan needs to maintain its neutrality. The invasion, and any subsequent military conflict between the West and Russia, will likely dominate the bloc politics of the Cold War, and Pakistan needs to play its cards well and avoid taking party positions.
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Meanwhile, war propaganda is dangerous. Mr Putin warned that attempts to seize Russia would be met with “immediate” response, while US President Joe Biden had threatened to “turn to Russia.” It is also compared to World War II, in which the Russian people suffered greatly. Therefore, the prospects are high and the chances of a major conflict are strong.
Of course, there is no flawless side here. Russia should not have launched an offensive against the independent state, and the West has also failed to show maturity and became involved in saber-rattling talks where it was necessary to foresee things. Russia must accept that the USSR is history and its former parts are free to make their own future, without the need for approval from Moscow.
Nato, on the other hand, also needs to get rid of the idea of a Cold War and remove the idea that it is trying to surround Russia on all sides. Enmity should be eliminated immediately, while the shooting suspension should take effect. Russia should remember its troops, while the West needs to support efforts to slow it down. Unless a more prudent course is taken, a collision with a global scale is inevitable, with enemies armed with nuclear weapons attempting to move their muscles in public. The UN and the non-aligned provinces must act quickly to prevent a dangerous fire outbreak.