July 5, 2022

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Sergey Lavrov denounces Russia's declaration of a hybrid war to destroy the economy of that nation

Sergey Lavrov denounces Russia’s declaration of a hybrid war to destroy the economy of that nation

AMLO at his regular press conference. Photo: Roberto Garcia/La Jornada.

Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador responded Friday to controversial statements made Thursday by the commander of the US Northern Command, Glenn Vanherk, about the alleged presence of “Russian spies” in the Latin American country.

“You have to send them telegrams to let them know that Mexico is not a colony of any foreign country,” the president said at his usual morning conference, which ruled out his government’s knowledge of the alleged Russian operations.

On the other hand, he insisted that his country is “free, independent and sovereign”, so he will not recognize this kind of work in his territory. “We are not a colony of Russia, China or the United States,” he said.

Controversy arose after Vanheurk’s remarks before a US Senate committee. According to the general, in Mexico will be the “largest part” of the GRU (Central Intelligence Department of Russia) in the world.

These are Russian intelligence personnel. The military officer, who was asked about “Russian influence” in the region, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing that they are closely monitoring their options to influence opportunities and access in the United States.

This Friday, Lopez Obrador indicated that his government “would not question anything” of what the commander of the Northern Command said because in his country there is respect for “the freedom of expression of ideas”, but he reiterated that within his own country. Management “have no information on it.”

Likewise, he made it clear that though Mexico does not “prevent any foreigner” from carrying out legal activities in the country, it arrests “criminals who commit crimes”.

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