The Ukrainian President, Volodymyr Zelensky, considered, this Thursday, that the leaders that adopt postures of neutrality in relation to the Russian invasion of Ukraine are populist.
Zelensky’s words, delivered via video message to a committee of Mexican deputies, are an apparent reference to leaders such as Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
The head of state of Brazil referred that the peaceful solution to end the war is for Ukraine to give up its territories, considering that the blame has to be shared between both sides.
The words of the Brazilian president, spoken in the presence of the head of Russian diplomacy, Serguei Lavrov, were immediately criticized by the West, especially by the European Union and the United States, which forced Lula da Silva to “amend his hand” to emphasize that he condemns the Russian invasion of Ukraine and advocates for peace.
“While my government condemns the violation of Ukraine’s territorial integrity, we defend a negotiated political solution. I spoke of our concern with the effects of the war, which go beyond the European continent”, said Lula da Silva later.
Mexico, led by Andrés Manuel López Obrador, voted to condemn the invasion, although it refused to impose economic sanctions on Russia, reported the Associated Press (AP) agency.
“There are some leaders who have not visited Ukraine even once and who have not seen what the brutal Russian aggression has brought and why it is important to defend lives,” Zelensky maintained in his message.
The head of state accused these leaders of “simply seeking to achieve some kind of populism”.
“They say things like Ukraine is supposedly not ready to seek peace,” he added.
Zelensky also criticized “different companies and large multinationals that want to earn millions doing business with Russia”, noting that “unfortunately, the world is full of hypocrisy”.
The Ukrainian president received a standing ovation from the deputies of the Mexico-Ukraine Friendship Group, most of whom belong to opposition parties.
In 2022, López Obrador condemned NATO’s policy of supporting Ukraine, claiming it was “immoral” and the equivalent of saying: “I supply the weapons and you supply the dead”.
Russia sought to strengthen its diplomatic bridges in Latin America this week, with Russia’s foreign minister visiting Brazil, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba.
Serguei Lavrov, in meetings with the President of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, and the recently re-elected Cuban President, Miguel Díaz-Canel, criticized the US sanctions on these countries.