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'Global South' will not lend support in Ukraine war, Mahathir says

Malaysia's former PM questions G-7 backing of Ukraine

Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir bin Mohamad speaks about the Ukraine war and the "Global South" at the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo on May 26. (Photo by Yuki Nakao)

TOKYO -- Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said that countries of the so-called Global South will not throw their weight behind Russia or Ukraine in the ongoing war, despite the Group of Seven's recent show of support for Kyiv.

Mahathir was speaking Friday at Nikkei's Future of Asia forum. The Global South including "Brazil, India and Indonesia, these people do not want war," he said. "They will not be supportive of the war between Russia and Ukraine."

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