Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba’s support for Russia ‘is stupid’, says Laura Chinchilla

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QCOSTARICA – Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, allies of Russia in the region, attacked on Tuesday against the “double standard” of the international community for its attempt to have the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) approve a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla has criticized Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba’s support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Photo Alonso Tenorio / LN

All three countries cite the expansion of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to the former satellite countries of the former Soviet Union in Eastern Europe as the reason for the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The most forceful was the Cuban ambassador to the UN, Pedro Pedroso Cuesta, for whom the resolution that failed last Friday in the Security Council due to Russia’s own veto, and the one that the General Assembly foresees to vote today (Wednesday), it does not “take into account the legitimate concerns of all parties” to the conflict.

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“It is not possible to rigorously and honestly examine the current situation in Ukraine without carefully assessing the factors that led to the use of force”, such as the American “dedication” to continuing NATO’s progress towards the borders of the Federation of Russia and the “delivery of modern weapons” to Ukraine which amounts to “military encirclement”.

“It is not possible to achieve peace by encircling and cornering states”, he warned before declaring that “Cuba rejects the hypocrisy and double standards” of the international community, a term, the “double standards”, also used by the representative of Nicaragua, Jaime Hermida Castillo.

“The UN cannot be used to aggravate conflicts,” said his Venezuelan counterpart, Samuel Moncada, whose country will not be able to vote because his country is accumulating a debt of around $40 million with the UN.

Since the beginning of the invasion, Russia has used the “self-defence” provided for in Article 51 of the United Nations Charter to justify the invasion and repeats as a mantra that “this war has not begun”.

“These military operations were initiated by Ukraine against the inhabitants of Donbass (the separatist region in the east of the country) and against all those who did not agree”, defended Monday the ambassador of Russia, Vassily Nebenzia, in front of General. Assembly.

A dozen countries, including Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Uruguay, Panama, Guatemala, Peru and Paraguay are among the 100 co-sponsors of the resolution presented by the Europeans and Ukraine, the aim of which is to condemn the Russian invasion.

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Colombia’s Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez, one of the highest-ranking officials to address the extraordinary meeting of the General Assembly, called on Russia to assume “humanitarian, economic and legal responsibilities for starting the conflict in Ukraine.

For her part, the former president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014), strongly criticized the support of Nicaragua, Venezuela and Cuba for the decision of Russian President Vladimir Putin to attack Ukraine militarily.

“It’s not only embarrassing, but stupid,” lamented the former president.

“They give carte blanche to a regional power to invade militarily at will to change the government. They evoke a dark past of our region from which they can only emerge defeated, ”added Chinchilla on his Twitter account.

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Chinchilla on Tuesday criticized Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro for his strong support for Russian President Vladimir Putin during a phone call on the sixth day of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, according to the Kremlin.

“Nicolás Maduro expressed his strong support for key Russian actions, condemning the destabilizing activity of the United States and NATO, and stressing the importance of combating the campaign of lies and disinformation launched by Western countries “, reads the statement of the Kremlin.

From Nicaragua, President Daniel Ortega expressed his “solidarity” with Putin and supports the takeover of Ukrainian cities, which he recognizes as “independent”. His government also bought Russian weapons. This is the case of an acquisition of 50 Russian tanks model T-721B1 in 2016.

After the start of the Russian invasion of Ukrainian soil, Viacheslav Volodin, speaker of the Duma (lower house of the Russian Congress), traveled to Nicaragua, Cuba and Venezuela to meet with his allies.

Alvarado requests withdrawal

On Tuesday, the President of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado, pleaded to seek the way to peace, before the attack on Ukraine, before the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. .

“The courageous, enlightened and humanistic path is peace. Today, the bravest action a leader can take is to bring soldiers back to their families, not kill them. Within days, more than 300,000 Ukrainians left their homes and are now refugees,” Alvarado said.

The Costa Rican President urged the Council and the international community to join forces to achieve an immediate cessation of hostilities and to strengthen dialogue and negotiation mechanisms to prevent an escalation of the conflict.

Sources: The Nation; Twitter; wire services

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