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Mexico to Remain Neutral with Russia: López Obrador to Reaffirm Stance to Biden in Washington Visit

López Obrador reafirmará a Biden en visita a Washington que será neutral con Rusia

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Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will reaffirm his “neutrality” on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in the meeting he will have with U.S. President Joe Biden next Tuesday at the White House.

“The position is going to be the same; we do not take sides in that war; what we want is for an agreement to be reached, for there to be a peaceful solution, because wars only produce suffering,” López Obrador expressed this Friday in his morning conference at the National Palace.

Although López Obrador’s visit on July 12 will focus on immigration and inflation, journalists questioned him about the position he will adopt when Biden addresses the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

The president reiterated that he must “stick” to “the foreign policy established in the Constitution”, which contemplates the principle of non-intervention and self-determination of peoples.

“Of course, we do not agree with invasions, but we do not want to participate in international conflicts; we have opted for neutrality,” he said.

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Since the outbreak of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, López Obrador has expressed his “neutrality” and has rejected sanctions against Moscow, which has sparked criticism from Democratic and Republican senators in the United States.

López Obrador also denied that his trip to Washington would affect relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And he reiterated that the war “was a mistake” of the international political “leaders.” They did not know how to negotiate peace, so Mexico is promoting a ceasefire and peace.

López Obrador’s position was expressed while the foreign ministers of the G20, of which Mexico is a member, are meeting in Indonesia, where the foreign ministers of Brazil and Argentina have also shown neutrality with Russia and even met with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergéi Lavrov.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard did not meet with Lavrov, although the country has maintained an ambivalent position.