Petro reiterates to the US that it will not supply Russian weapons to Ukraine

Petro reiterates to the US that it will not supply Russian weapons to Ukraine

Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro reiterated in Washington this Thursday that his country will not supply Ukraine with weapons it has obtained from Russia in the past.

“Previous governments bought Russian weapons long ago. My position on these weapons, which are in the power of the Colombian state today, is that they are not going to war. They are not going to Russia or Ukraine,” he said in statements to the press outside the Oval Office after a meeting with US President Joe Biden.

Petro already pointed out on January 24 that he preferred that the old Russian weapons bought by his country remain on his land as “scrap” rather than giving them to Kiev.

“Our constitution has peace as an order in the international arena. It will remain as scrap in Colombia, but it will not hand over Russian weapons,” he said at the VII Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Community of Latin -American and Caribbean States (CELAC), developed in Buenos Aires.

The Colombian president stressed that day that Latin America, “instead of playing where the military bloc remains” with regard to NATO or Russia, should “demand peace” and that “the relevant dialogues be built” so that “this war can be terminated”. .

Peace was precisely one of the points he considered addressing during his meeting with Biden at the White House: “Democracy, freedom and peace are the common agenda,” he said at the start of that bilateral meeting.

That meeting was the culmination of Petro’s US tour, who this Monday spoke at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, at UN headquarters in New York; Tuesday he was at Stanford University in San Francisco, California, and Wednesday he gave a speech to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington.

Source: El heraldo