Mexico’s Congress gives Ukraine’s Zelenskyy back-to-back standing ovations

21 April, 01:42 PM
Zelensky made a speech in the Congress of Mexico (Photo:REUTERS/Henry Romero)

Zelensky made a speech in the Congress of Mexico (Photo:REUTERS/Henry Romero)

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenksyy received a standing ovation on April 20 after appealing to Mexico’s congress for assistance in defending Ukraine’s territorial integrity, reported RFE/RL’s Ukrainian service.

The meeting of the Mexico-Ukraine friendship group began with his speech.

The Ukrainian leader also received a standing ovation from lawmakers before his speech.

“Your vote in the UN General Assembly and other international organizations is very important,” he said via video.

“It is the vote to defend the principles and objectives of the UN Charter and therefore to defend the territorial integrity of Ukraine and all nations of the world.”

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Zelenskyy noted that both Mexico and Ukraine have taken different state paths and speak different languages.

“But we also have something that allows us to understand each other,” he said.

“It is equally heartbreaking for Ukrainians and Mexicans when we see how innocent lives are taken.”

Mexico and Ukraine are united by the dream of safety and peace on all the streets of all the cities, the president said.

“We both equally do not accept evil. Evil has many manifestations, but always one main target – human life,” he stressed.

Zelenskyy asked Mexico to continue to protect Ukraine and thanked the country for humanitarian aid and for treatment and rehabilitation programs for Ukrainians.

He also invited Mexico “to work together for the safety of our nations and the safety of the world as a whole.”

Zelenskyy’s speech in Mexico coincided with the Latin American tour of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

Lavrov visited, in particular, Brazil and Cuba, where his colleague Bruno Rodríguez spoke out against the “policy of isolating Russia.”

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