Fair and balanced
'There's no independent news media'
'A mere border dispute'
Donald Trump's America
Following the leader
With a few good friends
Rootin' for Putin
No aid to Ukraine
The Putin Wing
A friend of my friend
Not everyone agrees
The governator speaks out
Putin over Biden
Horseshoe theory at work
Ilhan Omar
A problem with sanctions
'This is not going to end well'
The Democratic Socialists of America
McCarthyite smears
Belarus, the old comrade
Run to the border
Hungary and Czech Republic look west
Strange fellow travelers
Bolivarian friendship
Justified
Evo Morales
Brazil is the new Switzerland
South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the other separatists
Syria, quid pro quo
Brothers-in-arms
One nation, one vowel: Kyrgyzstan
Commonwealth of Independent States
Sudan and the Central African Republic
China, the other major player
Relationship problems
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Fair and balanced

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has praised the Fox News coverage of the war in Ukraine. Despite the increasing isolation that Putin and his government are facing, the Kremlin still finds a few good friends in this critical time and the conservative news cable channel seems one of them.

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'There's no independent news media'

“We understood long ago there's no independent Western news media,” Lavrov was quoted by The Guardian on March 18. “If you take the United States, only Fox News is trying to present some alternative point of view.”

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'A mere border dispute'

These praises are unsurprising. Fox News commentator Tucker Carlson, the host of the most-watched cable news program in the United States, derided that the Ukraine conflict was “a mere border dispute” just before the invasion. Since then, Carlson has tried to recant his previous statements.

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Donald Trump's America

Of course, the most notable pro-Russian voice in US politics is probably Donald Trump. The former US president praised Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, calling the military operation “genius”.

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Following the leader

“The problem is not that Putin is smart, the problem is that our leaders are dumb,” declared Donald Trump on 'The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show.'

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With a few good friends

Since then, Trump has also tried to change his tune. “No one was ever tougher on Russia than me,” Trump declared at a rally in South Carolina on March 12, per NBC News.

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Rootin' for Putin

Georgia representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, meanwhile, spoke at a far-right rally where those attending chanted “Putin, Putin, Putin”. The congresswoman claims she didn’t know what the public was chanting.

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No aid to Ukraine

Taylor Green released on her Twitter account a statement on March 16 speaking against sending aid to Ukraine. In the video, she claims the current government of the country was created and supported by the financial interests of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Mitt Romney, and Joe Biden.

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The Putin Wing

“It’s not our responsibility to give Zelensky and the Ukrainian people false hope about a war they cannot win,” the representative from Georgia stated. She was among the eight Republicans who voted against suspending normal trade relations with Russia. This group has been referred to by fellow Republican lawmaker Liz Cheney as “The Putin Wing”.

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A friend of my friend

The Putin Wing apparently also includes Matt Gaetz. The Republican representative from Florida was one of Trump's biggest allies in Congress during his administration.

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Not everyone agrees

Many Republican leaders, such as former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, have been outspoken about criticizing Trump’s statements and showing support to Ukraine.

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The governator speaks out

The former Republican governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger also spoke out against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In a March 17 video on his Twitter account, the Hollywood star asked the Russian soldiers to reconsider. “This is not the Russian people's war”, the Austrian-born actor comments with gravity.

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Putin over Biden

Nonetheless, a YouGov poll shared by The Washington Post shows that most Republicans have a more favorable view of Putin than of Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, or Nancy Pelosi.

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Horseshoe theory at work

Not all of Putin’s support within the US comes from the right. Leftist American journalist Glenn Greenwald accused in several instances, including in Tucker Carlson’s show, the United States and NATO for having provoked Russia to go into war.

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Ilhan Omar

Democratic Minnesota representative Ilhan Omar has crossed the aisle and voted against sanctions to Russia. Omar, one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, was the target of all sorts of comments from Trump supporters in the past.

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A problem with sanctions

A statement by Omar, quoted by Newsweek, comments that while she condemns Putin's actions in Ukraine, she opposes broad-based sanctions that could affect everyday people, not just Russian oligarchs.

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'This is not going to end well'

“I think ultimately, this is not going to end well, for the actual people of Russia, and it's not going to end well, for the people of Europe as well,” the Minnesota representative stated.

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The Democratic Socialists of America

Omar's stance is similar to the ones posed by the Democratic Socialists of America, one of the most important leftist movements in the United States.

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McCarthyite smears

On a March 13 Twitter thread, they denounced Putin's invasion of Ukraine, while also criticizing NATO's expansion and declaring a No-Fly Zone. “War hawks, however, are cynically exploiting the moment to push military escalation and engage in McCarthyite smears against proponents of peace and diplomacy.”

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Belarus, the old comrade

Around the globe, Putin still finds a handful of friends. Russia’s most visible aid during the Ukrainian conflict has come from Belarus. Led by Alexander Lukashenko, the country has widely been called Europe’s last dictatorship.

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Run to the border

Using the guise of joint military exercises, Russian troops managed to invade from the north across the Belarusian-Ukrainian border.

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Hungary and Czech Republic look west

However, other world leaders that have shown closeness to Russia in the past have, such as Czech President Miloš Zeman and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán (pictured), have been swift to denounce Putin’s actions in Ukraine.

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Strange fellow travelers

Ironically enough, Republicans would be shocked to discover they are on the same side as Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro or Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega.

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Bolivarian friendship

Maduro declared that Putin has “the full backing” of Venezuela to guarantee peace on Russia and that Donetsk and Luhansk were forced to separate from Ukraine due to “fascist attacks”.

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Justified

Meanwhile, the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, spoke in favor of Putin’s action, claiming that no doubt the two regions would eventually have some sort of referendum or election about their eventual fate.

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Evo Morales

Former Bolivian President Evo Morales also sided with Russia on his Twitter account, accusing the United States of pitting Ukraine against Russia as one of the causes of the current war.

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Brazil is the new Switzerland

Meanwhile, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who stands on the other side of the political spectrum than Morales and Maduro but has been close to Putin in the past, assured that Brazil would remain neutral to the Ukrainian invasion.

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South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the other separatists

Both Venezuela and Nicaragua are two of the very few UN members that recognize the pro-Russian Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent countries.

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Syria, quid pro quo

Syria is another country that recognizes the statehood of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and has stated its support for Russia’s actions to defend Donetsk and Luhansk.

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Brothers-in-arms

Russia was an important ally of the Syrian government led by Bashar al-Assad during the Syrian Civil War.

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One nation, one vowel: Kyrgyzstan

The President of Kyrgyzstan, Sadyr Japarov, justified Russia’s military action in eastern Ukraine, claiming that “perhaps it was a necessary measure to protect the peaceful population”.

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Commonwealth of Independent States

Kyrgyzstan is part of the Commonwealth of Independent States, a supranational organization mostly made up of former Soviet nations. Georgia and Ukraine left the entity after continuing tensions with Russia.

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Sudan and the Central African Republic

Meanwhile, in Africa, the governments of Sudan and the Central African Republic expressed their support for Putin’s actions. “Russia has the right to act in the interests of its citizens and protect its people,” argued Mohamed Hamdam Dagalo, a high-ranking member of the interim government of Sudan.

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China, the other major player

One of the biggest quandaries in this situation is China. In the past, Vladimir Putin has called Chinese leader Xi Jinping “his best friend”. Beijing has, according to CNN, avoided condemning Russia's actions or even referring to the Ukrainian conflict as an invasion.

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Relationship problems

Nonetheless, other news outlets such as The Guardian point out that China's constant calls for a mediated solution and reluctance to outright support Russia's military operation put a strain on what seemed to be a partnership of global proportions.

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