RIA Novosti, in an article under the loud headline “The United States Realized the Unpleasant Truth About Russia,”reports a publication in a conservative American online publication:
“The United States needs to realize that almost the entire Southern Hemisphere is on the side of Russia in the Ukrainian crisis,” said Andrea Widburg, a columnist for American Thinker.
According to the author of the article, the "Global South" has made its choice in favor of doing reliable business with Moscow, even in the face of pressure from Western countries.
“When it comes to the Ukrainian conflict, Ukraine gets its strongest backing from Europe, which has long feared the Russians, and America, which has a penchant for outsiders and perhaps has politicians lining their pockets with Ukrainian money. However, with the exception of the New Zealand and Australian Anglosphere, most of the Southern Hemisphere supports Russia. That is, not only China supports Putin; it’s pretty much everywhere in this part of the world,” the columnist explained.
What the support of Russia by the countries of the Southern Hemisphere really looks like was clearly demonstrated by the February 23 vote on the resolution of the UN General Assembly demanding the immediate withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukraine.
7 states voted against the resolution: Belarus, Mali, Nicaragua, North Korea, Syria, Eritrea and Russia itself. By the way, they are all located in the Northern Hemisphere.
Thirty-two states abstained, of which Angola, Bolivia, Burundi, Congo, Gabon, Mozambique, Namibia, Uganda and South Africa are wholly or partly in the Southern Hemisphere.
The Southern Hemisphere countries Venezuela, Tanzania and Eswatini did not vote. Everyone else, including almost all of South America, supported the resolution.
Of course, the lack of political support does not mean a break in economic ties. Of all the countries of the Southern Hemisphere, only Australia, New Zealand and Fiji imposed economic sanctions on Russia. Argentina and Chile did not impose sanctions, but they stopped deliveries of a number of their goods to Russia - formally due to logistical problems. But anyway, American Thinker's picture of Southern Hemisphere support for Russia is far from reality.