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Mexican president opposes nomination of Ukrainian leader for Nobel Peace Prize

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on February 24 condemned the presence of Russian armed forces in Ukraine, demanding respect for the territorial integrity of that country and an immediate ceasefire

MEXICO, October 5. /TASS/. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Wednesday criticized the European Parliament’s nomination of Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky for the Nobel Peace Prize.

"Regardless of whether we support one or the other [contender], how come one of the participants in a military conflict may receive the Nobel Peace Prize?" the Mexican president said at a news conference. "Are there no others who are fighting for peace? Why not Pope Francis, the head of the UN?"

Reuters earlier reported that the Nobel Peace Prize could be awarded to "opponents" of Russian President Vladimir Putin, including Zelensky.

Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard on February 24 condemned the presence of Russian armed forces in Ukraine, demanding respect for the territorial integrity of that country and an immediate ceasefire. Lopez Obrador later said that his country wouldn’t impose sanctions on Russia, be neutral and wasn’t going to offer its mediation in any talks between Moscow and Kiev.

At the ministerial meeting of the UN Security Council on Ukraine in September, Ebrard presented an initiative of Lopez Obrador to create a committee to conduct dialogue and achieve peace in Ukraine, which could include Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pope Francis. According to him, that would make it possible to "develop new mechanisms for dialogue and create spaces for mediation that would build confidence and reduce tensions," opening the way "to genuine peace." Earlier this year, Lopez Obrador spoke of the need to stop all military conflicts and trade wars for at least five years to combat the global crisis.

On February 24 Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a special military operation in response to a request for help by the heads of the Donbass republics. He stressed that Moscow had no plans of occupying Ukrainian territories, but aims to demilitarize and de-Nazify the country. The West retaliated to the Russian decision by imposing sweeping sanctions on the country and started shipments of weapons to Kiev, which by now are worth billions of dollars.