Mexico won’t sanction Russia for maintaining ‘good relations’

Mexico will not join the United States and several European countries in imposing economic sanctions on the Russian government in response to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Tuesday that his country would not impose sanctions on Russia because of its desire to maintain “good relations with all governments in the world”, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, the United States, Canada, Britain and several European Union countries have announced tough economic sanctions against many Russian companies and diplomats, as well as personal financial sanctions to freeze all international assets. held by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

López Obrador’s announcement came just a day after he and Mexico’s tourism minister said Mexico would not follow the EU in blocking Russian airlines from landing at airports in the country, according to Mexico Daily News. Over the weekend, the Minister of Tourism, Miguel Torruco also posted a series of widely criticized tweets presenting various statistics on Russian tourism in Mexico and the money that entered the country related to tourism from Russia.

Mexico’s president also criticized what he saw as censorship of Russian state media, as Facebook, Twitter, Google, Reddit and YouTube have all taken action in recent days to tackle misinformation or propaganda regarding the conflict. underway in Ukraine, including the cessation of advertising. revenue from distribution to several Russian state-owned outlets.

“We are not going to take any kind of economic reprisals because we want to have good relations with all the governments of the world, and we want to be able to talk with the parties in conflict,” said López Obrador, when asked about his position on the sanctions. other countries.

“We don’t consider that to be for us, and we think the best thing is to promote dialogue to achieve peace,” he was quoted by CNN.

Russia has developed close economic and governmental relations with several other Latin American countries, including Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, Newsweek has already reported. Those relations have also included increased military commitments and strategic agreements, as Russian diplomats visited the three countries last month.

Financial experts also said the sanctions against Russia could likely be severe enough to impact Latin American countries that used Russian aid to deal with US sanctions imposed on their governments, according to the Miami Herald.

An economist told the Herald that several companies linked to the Venezuelan government had started using Russian banks to make payments to other countries following sanctions introduced by the Trump administration.

Update 3/1/22 3:00 PM ET: This story has been updated with additional background and information.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said on Tuesday that his country would not impose economic sanctions on Russia for its invasion of Ukraine. Above, Lopez Obrador attends a daily briefing on February 25 in Colima, Mexico.
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