Mexico will not join sanctions against Russia: President
The Mexican President confirms his country has no intention of joining Western countries in imposing sanctions on Russia over its military operation in Ukraine.
The Mexican government will not join the sanctions and intends to maintain good relations with the Russian government, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said.
"We will not take any economic punitive measures because we want to maintain good relations with all governments," he said at a press conference.
Over the past days, Western countries have adopted a package of economic sanctions against Russia, while Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed earlier today that the armed forces will continue their military operation in Ukraine until it achieves its goals.
The Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu said that the main goal of the Russian military operation in Ukraine is defending the country against a military threat created by the West, stressing that Russian forces will continue the mission until they reach their stated aims of demilitarizing and denazifying the country.
The Russian military and their Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic allies launched a large-scale military operation aimed at demilitarizing Ukraine. After weeks of escalating shelling, mortar, sniper, and sabotage attacks by Ukrainian armed forces and ultra-nationalist and neo-Nazi groups in Donbass, the operation began.
Venezuela opposes sanctions
On Thursday, the Venezuelan foreign ministry called for a peaceful solution to the conflict in Ukraine, condemning "illegal sanctions" and economic aggression against the Russian people, which affect human rights.
In a statement, Venezuela expressed concern over the recent developments after Putin authorized military intervention in Ukraine, condemning Ukraine's violation of the Minsk Agreements with pressure from the United States.
China too is against sanctions
According to Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Wang Wenbin, China opposes the use of sanctions as a way of resolving disputes.
When questioned about China's position on Russia being cut off from the SWIFT payment system, Wang told reporters, "China does not support the use of sanctions to solve problems, and opposes unilateral sanctions that have no basis in international law."