Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has exposed the West’s hypocrisy, including their “pestism and their insatiable appetite” to dominate others while clandestinely furthering their own agendas and interests.
That is the view of former President Jacob Zuma, who has added his voice to the ongoing debate over the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Zuma Supports Russian Invasion
in a long statement Zuma said it would be remiss of him not to share his thoughts about the raging war that he says is “justifiable”.
He said he supported the Russian invasion of Ukraine because Putin fought the… North Atlantic Treaty Organization‘s (NATO) expansion in Ukraine and other Eastern European countries.
“Our patron says that the current standoff between Russia and Ukraine should be seen in the context of, in general, the dynamics in the global balance of power,” said the Jacob Zuma Foundation.
“This standoff has also exposed by default the hypocrisy of what has become the conventional wisdom that always favors Western forces, including their bullying tendencies and their insatiable appetite to dominate others while clandestinely furthering their own agendas and interests.”
Military threat to Russia
Zuma, who was in the then Soviet Union During the fight against apartheid, Putin said he had been very patient with Western forces over NATO’s expansion into Eastern Europe, which he said posed a military threat to Russia.
The former president said countries like Russia and China – thanks to their “strong political and economic independence” – have managed to defend their territories against “Western bullies” and are to be applauded for this.
“In terms of efforts to achieve world peace, Ukraine’s sovereignty and all democratic dictates certainly cannot mean that NATO is allowed to settle on its real estate; thereby creating an unsustainable security risk for Russia.
“Ukraine and Russia are only separated by a line on the map and not by the Baltic Sea – why is this complicated to understand?
“If it were known that troops, known worldwide to be hostile to the United States of America, establish a presence of any kind in any of the adjacent areas within the US; the US would certainly act in a way that it believed would neutralize such a perceived threat.”
‘Playing holier than you’
Zuma said Putin faced what he perceived as Western threats to Russia’s national security, and that the West would have done the same had it been in his position.
“His actions, while justified, are still a long way off [from] what other great powers have done when faced with such a situation.
“Some western powers, playing holier than you today, have invaded some small countries in the world, for example Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya to name a few. These blatant examples of interference have left those countries in ruins.
“The Western countries and their followers’ support of Ukraine (under the guise of defending sovereignty and democracy in Ukraine) is a selfish act to promote their own interests at the expense of innocent lives and property in Ukraine.”
Zuma also blamed “western forces” for his February 2018 recall from office by the ANC’s national executive committee.
He claimed he could not finish his second term because the West used their “powers that they control within some structures of our government and some that they control in the ruling party” to get rid of him.
Since Russia invaded the country on February 24, at least 364 civilians have been killed and more than 700 injured.
The United Nations (UN) said 1.5 million people had fled Ukraine, adding that the war will be the fastest-growing refugee crisis since World War II.