Bringing weapons into an active war zone is ‘immoral’, says Mexican president
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has criticized Western countries for their approach to the conflict in Ukraine, suggesting waves of foreign arms shipments will only lead to more bloodshed.
Speaking to reporters at his daily press briefing on Monday, Obrador took a brief aside to criticize Ukraine’s belligerent policies pursued by some countries. While he refrained from naming a name, he said those sending arms to kyiv – a move heavily favored by the United States and its NATO allies – were contributing to racking up casualties for all. the sides.
“How easy it is to say, ‘Here I send so much money for the weapons, I provide the weapons and you provide the dead.’ It’s immoral” he said adding “Couldn’t the war in Ukraine have been avoided? Sure. The policy has failed and look at the damage it is causing, the loss of human life.
The president did not specify how the hostilities could have been avoided, but went on to say that “the same policy must no longer continue”, claiming that she is motivated by “elites” and not “the people.”
Although Mexico has said it does not support Russia’s attack on its neighbour, it has refused to join a series of Western sanctions targeting the Russian economy and refrained from transferring arms to the government. from Kyiv. Obrador, meanwhile, said last month that his country was looking to “remain neutral” towards conflict, despite pressure from Washington, whose envoy Ken Salazar had previously urged Mexican officials to “Stand in solidarity with Ukraine.”
Despite Obrador’s objections, the NATO bloc has signaled it will not slow the flow of arms into Ukraine, with alliance secretary general Jens Stoltenberg saying this week that kyiv must receive arms extra heavy. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who on Tuesday hosted a meeting between Stoltenberg and six other NATO members, backed that position, insisting “it is crucial that Russia loses the war” and that the US-led military collective should “Stay United” behind Ukraine.
“Since we cannot have a direct confrontation between NATO troops and Russia, what we have to do is make sure that Ukraine can fight this war, that it has access to all the armaments needed,” he added. Rutte added.
The United States leads the world in arms deliveries to Ukraine, spending tens of billions of dollars on heavy and light weapons since March, including artillery pieces, multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), drones, helicopters, as well as anti-armour weapons and anti-aircraft missiles, among other devices. kyiv continued to press for additional military assistance, with an aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky describing a long wish list Monday, searching for thousands of armored vehicles, 500 tanks, 1,000 howitzers and a host of other weapons.
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