With such widespread condemnation, it’s easy to forget that Putin has powerful allies around the world.

Other countries with disputed or “separate” territories will be watching events unfold very closely and may learn from Russian bravado in years to come.

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Already, the situation is fairly clear-cut between the two camps.

Then there is Putin. But who could help him if he needed it. Does he have allies?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Who are Putin’s allies?

While Russia may not be viewed favorably by the rest of the world, it does have its friends – the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) are perhaps the first that come to mind.

The EAEU is a political and economic union first proposed by Putin in 2011 and signed by the first member states. Belarus and Kazakhstan alongside Russia.

Armenia (a permanent political, military and economic ally of Russia) and Kyrgyzstan were welcomed into the union in 2015; the current five members were once part of the USSR.

Putin has previously said his goal is to expand the customs union to all post-Soviet states, uniting economies, legal systems, customs services and military capabilities to form a bridge between Europe and the United States. Asia.

(Photo: Adam Berry/Getty Images)

What other countries are affected?

Putin’s goal in this area is presumably to level the playing field for power with the EU and the US, and Tajikistan (again, a former USSR country) was presented as a potential future member.

It is not just member countries that are involved in the EAEU – a number of ‘observer’ countries are also providing support.

These are Moldova, Cuba and Uzbekistanthe latter to become a full member by 2022 or 2023.

Western analysts generally see the UEE as a means of bringing together many former Soviet republics.

The United States has expressed opposition to the Eurasian Union in the past, saying it was an attempt to reestablish a USSR-style union between the former Soviet republics.

In 2012, Hillary Clinton – then US Secretary of State – said: “It’s not going to be called that [Soviet Union]. It will be called the Customs Union, it will be called the Eurasian Union and all that, but make no mistake about it.

“We know what the goal is and we try to find effective ways to slow it down or prevent it.”

Is China an ally?

Vladimir Putin (left) with Chinese President Xi Jinping as they meet in Beijing on February 4, 2022 (Photo: ALEXEI DRUZHININ/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images)

Whether China can be considered a full ally of Russia is a matter of debate, and the relationship between the two countries is often described as a “strategic partnership”.

In 2001, they signed the “Treaty of Good Neighborliness and Friendly Cooperation”, a 20-year pact which was recently renewed for five years; it is currently planned to operate until at least 2026.

The treaty sets the basis for peaceful relations and economic cooperation, as well as diplomatic and geopolitical trust.

Controversially, one of the document’s articles can be interpreted as an implicit defense pact, with others alluding to increased military cooperation, including the sharing of “military know-how” and Chinese access to Russian military technology.

The document also affirms Russia’s position on Taiwan as “an inalienable part of China”, which is arguably the most worrying element.

A commitment to ensuring “national unity and territorial integrity” in both countries means that a Sino-Russian alliance would be a pretty formidable force.

And Belarus?

Belarus is a longtime ally of Russia, which analysts often describe as Russia’s “client state”.

Regarding the current conflict, leader Alexander Lukashenko has said that Belarusian troops are not currently taking part in the Russian invasion – but could if necessary.

Russia has had troops in Belarus for weeks for military exercises, and its convoys entered Ukraine from Belarus.

“I repeat: our troops are not there. But if it is necessary, if it is necessary for Belarus and Russia, they will do it,” Lukashenko said in remarks reported by the state news agency. State, Belta.

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