The war in Ukraine is a ticking timebomb for Latin América

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and his Mexican counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, dont agree on much when it comes to foreign policy, even if they sometimes exhibit similar populist styles. Bolsonaro is a right-wing firebrand who rails against socialism” and was a close regional ally of former U.S. President Donald Trump. As for AMLO, as López Obrador is known, despite his fiscal and social conservatism domestically, he tends to lean left internationally.

By World Politics Review

Jun 13, 2022

He is friends with Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, and he provided asylum to former Bolivian President Evo Morales in 2019 when Morales fled his home country after a disputed election.

It’s notable, then, that both Bolsonaro and AMLO appear to agree on the issue of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Both have remained relatively friendly with President Vladimir Putin. Both have avoided directly condemning Putin’s illegal and violent invasion of a sovereign nation in Europe as well as the many war crimes and human rights abuses that Russian forces have committed during that attack. Both have kept their governments from taking any concrete actions that would punish Russia’s imperialist violation of international rules and norms.

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