Zelensky denied request to speak at Mercosur

The president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky has been denied the opportunity to make an intervention during the 60th Summit of Presidents of Mercosur being held this week. Zelensky had spoken Paraguyan president Mario Abdo to request that he be able to address the South American trade bloc, which is made up of the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

The announcement of the bloc’s refusal was made by Raúl Cano, Deputy Foreign Minister of Paraguay,  the hosts of this year’s summit. “There was no consensus to be able to have that communication, therefore the Ukrainian counterpart was already informed that in these circumstances there are no conditions to be able to speak as Mercosur with the president of Ukraine,” said the official at a press conference today.

“This determination has already been communicated to the Ukrainian ambassador accredited in Argentina and concurrent with the Paraguayan government,” he remarked.

The President of Ukraine has addressed parliaments in Europe and North America, receiving a warm welcome with his call for further sanctions against Russia. However, Latin American countries have refrained from joining the call for sanctions, regardless of the ideological positions of different governments. 

Mercosur will soon be welcoming Bolivia following the bloc’s recent approval of the country’s full entry.

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By Kawsachun News

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