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Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and El Salvador abstain from condemning the invasion of Ukraine

Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and El Salvador abstain from condemning the invasion of Ukraine

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine unleashed its consequences around the world The extraordinary United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday approved a resolution condemning Russia’s actions. The vote was set by 141 votes to five against (Belarus, Eritrea, North Korea, Syria and Russia itself), with 35 abstentions..

Among the countries that decided not to participate in the decision, China and four Latin American countries stand out: Bolivia, Cuba, El Salvador and Nicaragua. The vote of Venezuela, a well-known ally of Moscow, was not valid due to debts with the organization.

In a telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart, the Venezuelan president expressed his firm support for the “special military operation” in Ukraine. “Nicolas Maduro expressed strong support for Russia’s major actions, condemned the destabilizing activity of the United States and NATO, and stressed the importance of combating the campaign of lies and disinformation launched by Western countries,” the Kremlin statement read. An initiative from the Venezuelan side.

AP / Mathias Delacroix Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro

The notable abstentions from the vote reflected that many countries chose not to support the resolution against the invasion of Ukraine. Cuba is a historical ally of Moscow, Which prompted the Cuban government to blame the current conflict on the United States and NATO “the increasingly offensive military doctrine that threatens peace.”.

For its part, Nicaragua, as an ally of Russia, officially recognized the Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine. “President Putin has taken a step. He has recognized some republics that, since the 2014 coup, have not recognized coup governments (in Ukraine) and created their own, and are fightingThis was stated by Daniel Ortega in an official canon, according to the EFE media.

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Agence France-Presse / Marvin Recinos - Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega speaks to his supporters during "Walk for safety and peace" Held by the government in Managua
AFP/Marvin Recinos – Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

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Major economies in Latin America, such as Argentina and Brazil, have been criticized for their neutral stance on Russian actions. However, Both countries condemned the invasion of Ukrainevoted in favor of the UN resolution, although its presidents Alberto Fernandez and Jair Bolsonaro did not express their public disapproval and did not impose sanctions on Moscow.

Alberto Fernandez, was on an official visit to Moscow in the days leading up to the invasion and offered to the Kremlin to be Latin America portal. This Wednesday, however, Argentina’s ambassador to the United Nations, Maria del Carmen Scaife, warned in her address that “No land acquisition shall be recognized as lawful use or threat of force.”.

AFP / Brazilian Presidency / Marcos Cura - Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil
AFP / Brazilian Presidency / Marcos Correa – Jair Bolsonaro, President of Brazil

For his part, the President of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, who also visited Russia on February 24, warned that his country had not yet decided on its vote, noting that he “will not take sides”. “We will remain neutral and help as much as possible to find a solution” he added. Finally, the Itamaraty Palace, on Wednesday, decided to support the decision.

After the conflict began, Lopez Obrador clarified Mexico’s position that “we will not take any economic retaliation because we want to maintain good relations with all the governments of the world.”. In this way, ignoring direct sanctions against Russia, “we do not consider this to be compatible with us and believe that the best thing is to promote dialogue to achieve peace.”

Photo: Edgard Garrido - Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador - Reuters.
Photograph: Edgard Garrido/Reuters – President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

What is more, He expressed his disagreement with the veto imposed on the Russian media. “I do not agree with the fact that the media in Russia or in any country is subject to censorship. We have to assert freedom,” he added.

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America Coordinator: Jose Antonio Sierra.