December 8, 2022

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Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and El Salvador avoid condemning the invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has unleashed repercussions around the world, and this Wednesday the UN General Assembly approved a resolution condemning Russia’s actions. 141 votes in favor, five against (Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea, Syria and Russia) and 35 abstentions..

In countries that have decided to abstain from the resolution, China and four Latin American countries stand out: Bolivia, Cuba, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The vote of Venezuela, an ally of Moscow, was invalid because of debts with the organization.

The Venezuelan president expressed his firm support for a “special military operation” in Ukraine in a telephone conversation with his Russian president.. “Nicholas Maduro expressed his strong support for Russia’s major actions, condemned the instability of the United States and NATO, and stressed the importance of resisting the propaganda of lies and misinformation launched by Western nations,” the Kremlin statement said. “Venezuela Initiative”.

AP / MATIAS DELACROIX – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

Significant referendums reflect the fact that many countries do not support the resolution against the occupation of Ukraine. Cuba is a historical ally of Moscow. It blamed the Cuban government for the current conflict on the US and NATO’s “increasingly offensive military policy of threatening the peace.”.

For its part, Nicaragua has formally recognized the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine as allies of Russia. “President Putin has taken action. He has recognized some republics. After the 2014 coup, the coup did not recognize the governments (in Ukraine) and established and fought their government.“, According to EFE media, Daniel Ortega officially announced the action.

AFP / MARVIN Resinos - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega speaks to his supporters "Walk for safety and peace" Assembled by the government in Managua
AFP / MARVIN RESINOS – Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua

Votes in favor

Major Latin American economies such as Argentina and Brazil have been criticized for their neutral stance on Russian activities. However, Both countries condemned the invasion of UkraineUN Despite voting in favor of the resolution, its leaders, Alberto Fernandez and Jair Bolzano, did not express their general rejection or issue sanctions against Moscow.

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Alberto Fernandez was on an official visit to Moscow in the days before the invasion and offered to deliver the Kremlin. “Gateway to Latin America”. However, Argentina’s ambassador to the UN Maria del Carmen Scoof warned in her speech this Wednesday. “No regional acquisition can be legally recognized from the use or threat of force.”.

AFP / Brazilian Presidency / Marcos Korea - Jair Bolzano, President of Brazil
AFP / Brazilian Presidency / Marcos Korea – Jair Bolzano, President of Brazil

For his part, Brazilian President Jair Bolzano, who visited Russia on February 24, stated that he was “not going to side with him” and warned that his country had not yet decided to vote. “We will remain neutral and help as much as possible to resolve the issue.” He added. Finally, this Wednesday, Idamarati chose to support the palace resolution.

After the conflict began, Lopez Obrador explained Mexico’s position, “We are not going to take any economic retaliation because we want to maintain good relations with all the governments of the world.”. In this way, he ignored the direct sanctions against Russia, saying, “We do not think this is in our best interest.

REUTERS / EDGARD GARRIDO - President of Mexico Andres Manuel Lpez Obrador
REUTERS / Edgard Garrido – President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

What else, He expressed his disagreement with the veto imposed on the Russian media. “I do not accept the censorship of the media in Russia or any other country. We must ensure freedom,” he added.

America Coordinator: Jose Antonio Sierra.