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Nicaragua's Ortega defends Russia's stance over Ukraine


Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega became one of the first world leaders to back Russia's stance over Ukraine, saying President Vladimir Putin was right to recognize two regions controlled by Moscow-backed separatists as an independent.

The former Marxist guerrilla, who has led Nicaragua since 2007 after having first come to power in 1979, defended Putin's move to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk during a speech in Managua.

"Russia wants security," said Ortega, a long-time opponent of U.S. influence in Central America.

 

 

Ortega also said Ukraine's attempt to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) represented a threat to Russia.

“Hopefully they (European and U.S. leaders) will reason so they will not provoke a catastrophe for the planet."

Last week, Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov visited Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Cuba, key Russian allies in Latin America, and said Russia would deepen bilateral ties with all three countries.

The United States said Nicaragua's last election, in November, was rigged in Ortega's favor and has imposed sanctions on Nicaraguan officials. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Brian Nichols described Ortega's government as being on the road to expulsion from the Organization of American States.

Published : February 22, 2022