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Russian ambassador to Mexico says country “satisfied” with government’s position

Mexico City, Mexico — The Russian ambassador to Mexico has said that his country is “satisfied” with the position of the government of Andrés Manuel López Obrador after refusing to join the nations that imposed sanctions against Russia.

On Saturday, Ambassador Viktor Koronelli said “we note with satisfaction that the Mexican authorities refused to join the sanctions against Russia.”

During a press conference, the head of the diplomatic mission added that Mexico’s position “confirms the independent course of its foreign policy,” and also indicated that this allows “continuing successful cooperation in all areas for the benefit of our countries and peoples.”

Koronelli added that after the start of the special military operation of the Russian Federation in Ukraine, a stable dialogue has been maintained with the Mexican government “on all issues,” according to the Russian agency TASS.

“We are always attentive and respectful of any position of our Mexican partners,” said the ambassador.

The diplomat recalled that the level of trade between Russia and Mexico in 2021, despite the coronavirus pandemic, reached record levels. “Last year we reached a record level of trade, we are talking about 4.8 billion dollars,” explained the ambassador.

Mexico currently ranks second in the list of Russia’s main trading partners in Latin America.

On February 24, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard condemned the presence of Russian armed forces in Ukraine, demanding respect for the territorial integrity of the country and an immediate ceasefire.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador later said that the authorities did not intend to close the country’s land borders and airspace to representatives of other states. He also said that Mexico would not impose sanctions against Russia and expressed opposition to the blocking of a number of Russian media outlets abroad.