Reactions in Latin America to the crisis in Ukraine

The Latin American countries they called one peaceful solution and they reacted with some nuances to the conflict in Ukraine.

Mexico and Brazil are the two countries represented in the UN Security Council that closely examines the evolution of the conflict.

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Mexico. The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, affirmed this Thursday that his country’s foreign policy will continue “promoting that there is dialogue, that force is not used, that there is no invasion“.

“We are not in favor of any war, Mexico is a country that has always stood for peace and for the peaceful solution of disputes,” he added.

According to Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard, “Mexico’s position has been very clear, both in the previous stage and as of last night, and it will continue to be so. We are going to be very clearly against the use of force, against that the integrity of an independent country that is Ukraine be called into question, in favor of the United Nations resolutions, in favor of the call and the position of the Secretary-General of the United Nations”.

Brazil. Brazil pointed out that “it follows with serious concern the outbreak of military operations” by Russia and appealed to “the immediate suspension of hostilities“, according to a statement from the Foreign Ministry.

Brazilian Vice President Hamilton Mourao told the press that “Brazil does not position itself as neutral. Brazil has made it very clear that it respects Ukraine’s sovereignty. So, Brazil does not agree with an invasion of Ukrainian territory.”

Argentina. The Casa Rosada rejected “the use of armed force,” “because it calls on the Russian Federation to cease military actions in Ukraine“, and asked to respect the UN Charter and act with “the greatest prudence” in order to de-escalate the conflict.

Colombia. The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, rejected on Twitter “the premeditated and unjustified attack that has been perpetrated against the Ukrainian people by Russia.”

“It not only undermines its sovereignty but also threatens world peace,” he added.

In Ukraine there are 68 Colombians and 28 foreigners who are part of their family nucleus. The government announced diplomatic steps to “facilitate” its “exit from Ukrainian territory,” according to a statement by Duque from the presidential headquarters in Bogotá.

Chile. The Chilean president, Sebastián Piñera, issued a statement on his social networks in which he affirms that the country “condemns Russia’s armed aggression and its violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. These acts violate international law and threaten innocent lives, international peace and security. Chile urges Russia to respect the Geneva Conventions on international humanitarian law. We will collaborate with other countries to seek a peaceful solution to the conflict, within the framework of international law and the United Nations charter.” According to the Chilean Foreign Ministry, there are at least 53 Chileans in different cities of Ukraine.

Venezuela. So far, Venezuela has not officially reacted to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but President Nicolás Maduro made clear on Tuesday his support for the actions of his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin. “Venezuela is with Putin, it is with Russia, it is with the brave and just causes of the world, and we are going to ally ourselves more and more,” Maduro said. After the announcement of the “military operation” by Russia, the considered number two of Chavismo, Diosdado Cabello, expressed his wish that “there be no war.” The Minister of Communication, Freddy Ñáñez, wrote on Twitter that “the objective of the operation is to protect people who have been subjected to abuse and genocide by the neo-Nazi regime for eight years,” in line with the Kremlin’s speech.

Ecuador. “Ecuador believes in multilateralism and is willing to respect and support the decisions made by the Security Council” of the UN, said the country’s president, Guillermo Lasso, on Thursday.

We reject any act of war that puts the civilian population on alert“, Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Holguín previously wrote on Twitter.

Some 700 Ecuadorians are in Ukraine.

Peru. In a tweet from his foreign ministry, Peru expressed its deep concern about the evolution of events in Ukrainerejected the use of force and reiterated his call to cease all hostilities and violations of the ceasefire in Ukraine.

Nicaragua. The president of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, welcomed last Monday the decision of his Russian counterpart and ally, Vladimir Putin, to recognize the independence of two regions of eastern Ukraine and accused the United States and Europe of wanting to liquidate Moscow.

“This decision made by President Putin opens the possibility that this situation will not have a major outcome,” said Ortega.

Cuba. President Miguel Díaz-Canel, who met on Wednesday in Havana with the president of the Duma, Viacheslav Volodin, later expressed “its solidarity with Russia, in the face of the imposition of sanctions and the expansion of NATO towards its borders”.

Uruguay. In a statement, Uruguay stated its “rejection of the threat or use of force” and that “the peaceful settlement of disputes constitute guiding principles of the foreign policy of Uruguay and in accordance with them, our country encourages the parties involved to continue with diplomatic negotiations and the search for political agreements, as the only way to settle the existing conflict of interest.

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