Goals and Priorities of New Zealand’s Foreign Policy Strategy in the Context of the War in Ukraine

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In the article, the authors consider the main directions of New Zealand’s foreign policy in the context of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. The modern measures of the New Zealand government in the context of support to Ukraine in the diplomatic, military and humanitarian spheres are traced. It was noted that the military assistance of partners is one of the keys to Ukraine’s success on the battlefield. So New Zealand provides significant military aid to Ukraine, supplying equipment and weapons and participating in training programs for the Ukrainian military. Military finding provided by New Zealand from the beginning of the war until the end of July 2023 are humanitarian aid, finding to Ukraine, and finding located by the country’s government for the legal and administrative support of the International criminal Court and the Office of the High Commissioner for human rights.

It is emphasised that the New Zealand government pays special attention to the sanctions policy against Russia and its effectiveness. Conceptual approaches which are laid down in the New Zealand Law on Sanctions is the main document that defines sanctions and policy against Russia. The considerable attention was paid to the study of the trend of strengthening and expanding sanctions of these measures.

The decision of the court of the New Zealand visualises the solution of additional support is in such areas as training, intelligence, command and administrative support, logistics, communications, global food security, participation in the NATO Trust Fund.

How it has been proven New Zealand’s diplomatic support to Ukraine is carried out, is at different levels, and in different format, which contributes to the effectiveness of support to Ukraine on the one hand and the rules of the international authority of New Zealand in the world, which must use a fair policy, defending Ukraine’s right to independence. On the other hand, New Zealand’s priorities are outlined in the list of international security and forms of response to the latest threats.

It was noted that New Zealand is considering Russia as a permanent threat to the world with its actions, it violates the main principles of the United States charter and must be held accountable for his criminal actions. Analysing the attitude of the New Zealand government to the Russian Ukrainian war, it was concluded that the importance of this problem goes beyond European security. It is emphasyzed that in relation to Ukraine are they New Zealand government declares, and implementing practice a comprehensive large-scale support.


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Zernetska, O. and Myronchuk, O. (2023) “Goals and Priorities of New Zealand’s Foreign Policy Strategy in the Context of the War in Ukraine”, Problems of World History, (23), pp. 94–112. doi: 10.46869/2707-6776-2023-23-5.
Author Biographies

O. Zernetska

Zernetska Olga – Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor, Head of the Department of Global and Civilization Processes of the State Institution “Institute of World History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine”

O. Myronchuk

Myronchuk Olena – Master of International Relations, Junior Research Fellow of the State Institution “Institute of World History of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine”


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