Allow me, dear readers of this column, to present to you the following, entitled “In VIVO/ Instalación del Grupo de Amistad México – Federación de Rusia(Installation of the Mexico-Russian Federation Friendship Group), which was posted on Youtube on March 23, 2022. I find what the Russian Ambassador to Mexico, His Excellency, Victor Coronel, told the Honorable Chamber of Deputies in Mexico City. be of the utmost importance. The final part is as follows:
The owner of US company Meta, Facebook and Instagram has changed its rules and ‘temporarily’ allowed hate posts against members of the Russian military, as well as blocked Russian media accounts such as RT en Español , etc. censorship on YouTube, he also suspended the RT channel in Spanish. Russian culture and sports have also fallen victim to this smear campaign. All over the world, the concerts of our artists, the participation of our teams in sporting events, or even seminars dedicated to Russian literature are cancelled. How is it that recently, three weeks ago, the Russian team came to the Paralympic Games in China, in Beijing? Disabled athletes with physical defects who had been preparing for these Paralympic Games for four years, and when they arrived in China, the International Olympic Committee banned them from participating in the games.
And finally, two other things, there is a lot of speculation about the Crimean peninsula joining Russia. Take advantage of it, I mean, I never say annexation; it was adhesion, because many forget that this adhesion was the result of a popular vote of the population of the peninsula. At the time, in 2014, well, I understand that they know something about history, they know a lot, and they know perfectly well that the Crimean peninsula has always been an integral part of Russia since the time of Catherine the Great. In 2014, a popular referendum was held in Crimea. Nearly 90% of the population of the Peninsula took part in this referendum. Among the participants, 98% voted, more than 90% voted to join Russia. It was the result of the expression of the popular will. And the self-determination of peoples, as you know, is one of the fundamental principles of the United Nations. I’ll tell you, well, there are a lot of double standards. You know perfectly well that Argentina has long claimed its rights to the Malvinas Islands or, finally, the Falkland Islands. If I’m not mistaken, 7 or 8 years ago Britain installed a referendum in the Falkland Islands where 3,000 people live. The people voted to stay integrated, to be part of Britain. There, they respected this demonstration of the popular will. Because they don’t want to respect it in relation to Crimea, I ask.
And finally, we highly appreciate the position, the position of the government of the United Mexican States in the face of the Ukrainian crisis. After the start of the Russian special military operation, we are in constant permanent contact with our colleagues from the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with colleagues from the secretariat of foreign delegations. And I want to assure you that we highly respect the position of repeatedly demonstrating by the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marcelo Ebrard, that Mexico will never join the anti- Russians, and that it will never, despite the demands of the Ukrainian government, supply arms to Ukraine. I want to assure you that I am convinced that what is happening these days will in no way affect Russia’s relations with Mexico, which continues to be one of our oldest and most important partners. in the Latin American region. For example, in 2021 alone, despite COVID, despite all the restrictions, our trade between our countries has almost more than doubled compared to the year 2020, reaching a record figure of 48 billion dollars.
I understand that everyone has their agendas. There is a certain time limit and finally, once again, I want to thank the deputy Alberto Anaya Gutiérrez, and all the members of this friendship group. We respect him very much, we appreciate him very much, his gesture in these difficult times, and I have no doubt that this friendship group will greatly support the relations between our countries, the further development of our contacts, between our peoples, between our parliamentarians, between our states and our governments. Thank you so much.
April 10, 2022
Town of Corozal