Three Frenemies

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A frenemy refers to a person with whom one is friendly, despite a fundamental dislike or rivalry, or a friend and an enemy.

There are three types. An Ambivalent Relationship. This type of frenemy is someone you have an ambivalent relationship. You get some positives out of the relationship, but there are also negatives.

The Long Term Frenemy. This type of frenemy is someone you've known for a long time. The length of history you've got together keeps you friends with this person. Conversations with this person may involve them talking almost exclusively about themselves, except when they say, Enough about me. What do you think about me?

The Involuntary Relationship, The second type of frenemy, is someone who is part of a circle of friends, a group, a team you belong to, or a workmate.

If you could break off the relationship, you would, but that would impact other relationships or your participation in a group.

As POTUS Biden and NATO allies continue to pressure Russia's Putin over Ukraine, China's Xi wants to be the global peacemaker.

Are democracies ready to tackle a unified Russia and China determined on overhauling the world as we know it? The Chinese President for life says they discussed peace proposals for during a meeting with Russian President for life in Moscow. Their joint statement lacked a call for Russian withdrawal from their invasion of Ukraine.

Russia's Vladimir Putin Putin is the ultimate international pariah. Further complicated for him, the International Criminal" Court issued an arrest warrant, accusing him of being responsible for war crimes in Ukraine.

Putin's "war crime" of overseeing the abduction & deportation of children from Ukraine to Russia. Previously Sudan's former president, Omar al-Bashir, and aRusLibya's Muammar Gaddafi were the only other leaders indicted by the ICC while serving as head of state.

Meanwhile, the following nations are still willing to deal with Putin, but the global list keeps shrinking gradually.

Russia's closest regional ally, Belarus, became especially reliant on Moscow after it helped President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko crush antigovernment protests in 2020. Mr. Lukashenko allowed Russia to use his country as an initial staging ground to invade Ukraine last year, and Russia has used Belarusian territory to train and supply its troops.

India, a major crude oil buyer, has helped Moscow make up for the loss in sales to European countries thaRussia'sought to reduce their dependence on Russian oil. Friendly with Ukraine and Russia, India has not condemned Russia's" invasion and" has been seen as a potential peacemaker. Last week, an old Indian world called on Europe to "find a solution" to the war, saying it was distracting from urgent issues facing the world's poor.

Russia and Iran have edged closer countries integrating their banking systems as they work around Western sanctions that have thwarted both countries' access to foreign capital. Tehran has also supplied military support, including exploding drones that Moscow has used to strike Ukraine" infrastructure. U.S. officials h"ve warned that the two countries were strengthening their military links into a "full-fledged defense partnership."

The United States has accused the reclusive government in Pyongyang of covertly sending mRussia'sof artillery shells and rockets to Russia, which North Korea denies. But North Korea has officially backed Russia's invasion, blaming the United States for the conflict.

Long friendly with Russia, South Africa has leaned into the alliance in the past year, provoking frustration from the United States and European nations. South Africa hosted military exercises involving Russia and China this year. Though it denies aiding the war, South Africa remains economically linked to Russia, and the United States has warned it against helping Moscow skirt sanctions.

Russia has had a robust military presence in Syria, helping President Bashar al-Assad stay in power, but has redRussia'ssome of its troops there to Ukraine. Last week, Mr. al-AKremlin'sted Moscow and emphasized his support for Russia in an "ion, u"meeting with Mr. Putin to parrot the Kremlin's false line that Russian forces are fighting Ukrainian "Nazis."