According to the New York Times, Ukraine requires Russian-style weapons that they know best. Mexico is one of the countries that has Soviet-made weapons and AK-47 rifles.
According to the American newspaper The New York Times, Ukraine requires Russian-style weapons that Ukrainian troops know best and are trained to use. The problem is that the supply runs out.
For this reason, the newspaper points out that the United States and other allied nations have consulted with various countries, Mexico among them, in search of suppliers that can support Ukraine.
According to the newspaper, as part of this same mission, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has recently traveled to Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Mexico, Colombia, and Peru, seeking that the governments of these countries agree to send weapons to Ukraine. . However, while in some cases states have expressed support for Kyiv, handing over weapons, lethal aid, is not something they plan to do.
In the case of Mexico, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador insists that the country remains “neutral” in the face of the Russia-Ukraine war. A few weeks ago he proposed appointing a committee to mediate between the parties in conflict and seek a truce, an idea that the Ukrainian government rejected outright, recalling that Russia invaded, and that a truce cannot be made with such a state.
In the United Nations (UN), Mexico’s position has been to condemn, first the invasion, and now the annexations of Ukrainian territories by Russia, after organizing referendums that the international community considers illegal. The UN General Assembly voted this Wednesday in favor of a resolution condemning these annexations, warning that they will not be recognized.
Mexico is one of the countries that has Soviet-made weapons, such as the BTR-60 vehicle, the Ural-4320, and the Iglá anti-aircraft missiles. It also has AK-47 rifles that are among the favorite weapons of the cartels, which are trafficked from the United States.
But Mexico is not willing to send weapons to Ukraine. Last March, Ukrainian parliamentarians sent a letter to the president of the Senate, Olga Sánchez Cordero, requesting weapons and military equipment “in large quantities.”
The requested weapons were:
– Anti-tank-guided weapons.
– FIM-92 Stingers.
– Small arms, grenade launchers and other ammunition (modern and of the origin of the Soviet Union).
– All kinds of communication devices, mainly military portable radio devices.
– Bulletproof vests and helmets.
The response of the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was clear: he rejected any scenario in which Mexico could send military aid to Ukraine. “We do not send weapons, we are pacifists,” he assured.