“Putin is looking for other alliances despite the sanctions of the United States and Europe”

An international relations scholar, who focuses on international political economy, Dr. Oscar van Heerden says Russian President Vladamir Putin is building relationships with other countries.

It has been five months since Russia and Ukraine went to war and there is no end in sight.

The United States and Europe have issued sanctions against Russia, but analysts say they are not effective in curbing violence, destruction and loss of life.

Speaking to international relations scholar Bongani Bingwa, who focuses on international political economy, Dr Oscar van Heerden said Russia was not affected by the sanctions.

Putin is starting to say that clearly he’s being pushed back by Europe, he’s being pushed back by the United States and he has to start having alliances with the rest of the world and that’s what he’s busy doing.

Dr Oscar van Heerden, specialist in international relations

Unfortunately, even though we are told that the sanctions are having this huge impact, we see Russia continuing as normal, the war is at its highest level unabated, so the message that Russia is going to capitulate is simply not true. .

Dr Oscar van Heerden, specialist in international relations

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