Channeling weapons into an active war zone is ‘immoral,’ Mexico president said
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has criticized Western countries for their handling of the conflict in Ukraine, suggesting that waves of foreign arms transfers will only lead to more bloodshed.
Speaking to reporters before his daily press conference on Monday, Obrador took a brief remark to criticize the belligerent Ukraine policies being pursued by some countries. Though he didn’t mention his name, he said those who send weapons to Kiev — a move much favored by the United States and its NATO allies — are helping to kill victims on all sides.
“How easy it is to say, ‘There I send so much money for weapons, I take care of the weapons and you take care of the dead.’ It’s immoral’ he said, adding: “Couldn’t the war in Ukraine have been prevented? Naturally. The policy has failed and look at the damage it causes, the loss of life.”
The president did not elaborate on how hostilities could have been averted, but went on to say: “The same policy should no longer continue”, claim it is powered by “elite” and not “the people.”
Although Mexico has stated that it does not support Russia’s attack on its neighbor, it has refused to participate in a Western wave of sanctions against the Russian economy and has waived arms transfers to the Kiev government. Obrador, meanwhile, stated last month that his country is striving to… “remain neutral” facing the conflict, despite pressure from Washington, whose envoy Ken Salazar previously urged Mexican officials: “Be in solidarity with Ukraine.”
Despite Obrador’s objections, the NATO bloc has indicated that it will not slow the flow of weapons to Ukraine. Alliance Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said this week that Kiev should be given additional heavy weapons. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who organized a meeting between Stoltenberg and six other NATO members on Tuesday, supported that position and insisted “It is crucial for Russia to lose the war” and that the US-led military collective should “stand in unison” behind Ukraine.
“Since we cannot have a direct confrontation between NATO forces and Russia, we must ensure that Ukraine can fight that war, that it has access to all the necessary weaponry.” added Rutte.
The United States is the world leader in arms supplies to Ukraine, spending tens of billions of dollars on heavy and light weapons since March, including artillery pieces, multiple-missile systems (MLRS), drones, helicopters, and anti-armour and anti-aircraft missiles, among other equipment. Kiev has continued to push for additional military aid, with an aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky wishlist on Monday, looking for thousands of armored vehicles, 500 tanks, 1000 howitzers and a host of other weapons.
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