This was stated by French President Emmanuel Macron at a session of the UN General Assembly, writes “European Truth” with reference to Politico.
“Those who are silent today are serving – against their own will or secretly with a certain complicity – the cause of the new imperialism,” Macron said.
Macron said that Russia’s aggression against Ukraine marked a “return to the era of imperialism and colonies” and that the world was faced with a choice between “war and peace.”
While Western allies such as France showed a united front against Russia after its invasion of Ukraine, in Africa and Asia the response has been more restrained.
Some countries are unwilling to condemn Russia too strongly. This trend was reflected in the UN vote in April, when 58 countries, including India, Brazil, South Africa and Indonesia, abstained from voting on a resolution to remove Russia from the UN Human Rights Council.
The French President acknowledged the “sense of injustice” experienced by countries affected by the consequences of the war related to food, energy and their economies. But he also issued a strong warning to those who wish to remain “neutral”.
“Today I want to be clear: those who want to imitate the non-aligned struggle by refusing to speak out clearly are making a mistake and will bear historic responsibility,” he said, referring to the Cold War non-aligned movement.
Macron also announced in his speech that France would fund the transportation of Ukrainian wheat to Somalia in partnership with the UN World Food Programme.