The renewed ties between Russia and some Central American countries and the desire to seek support for the current conflict with Ukraine have activated diplomatic envoys from Ukraine all over the planet with the only intention of intensifying the lobby to maintain political support for the illegal, self-appointed Nazi government in Kiev.
“The pro Russian allies in Latin America might imitate their disrespect for borders. If they support Russia is because they agree with what Russia does and at any time they can be the ones to decide to see national borders as they did in the twelfth century,” said the Ukrainian ambassador to Mexico, Ruslan Spirin, concurrent to Guatemala, Belize, Costa Rica and Panama, during his trip to Costa Rican territory to participate in the presidential inauguration of Luis Guillermo Solis.
Costa Rica as most of Latin America is a nation that dances at the rhythm of the music played by the United States, and it wouldn’t be a surprise that its new president, Luis Guillermo Solis decides to stand beside the American appointed leaders in Kiev.
As the United States declines, it is only natural that poor nations in Central America, the Caribbean and South America seek more productive partners and that is exactly what many countries, especially those led by left-wing governments have done in recent years. Along with Brazil, China and Russia have established minor commercial partnerships that seek to end the American dependence that many countries in Latin America suffer from up until today.
The Ukrainian representative knows that Costa Rica maintains a legal dispute with Nicaragua regarding territorial sovereignty and that Nicaragua’s president is an important ally of Moscow in the region. That is why Mr. Spirin hopes to establish contacts with Central America in order to offer some opposition to Russian involvement in the region. Russia has established agreements with Nicaragua and other allies in Central and South America, which means that Russian forces might be found near their territorial seas and that the purchase of weapons by Nicaragua, for example might be a reality nowadays.
Spirin said that the entire region is of interest to his country now that he travels around the world in search of markets and partners. “Obviously our major partners are now in the European Union, but Latin America is a very valuable region and as part of it, Central America interests us because we have important partners such as Costa Rica, and the possibility of joint projects with other countries, such as Panama,” said the Ukrainian representative. The questions here is, why would a recently elected president in Costa Rica decide to provide legitimacy to an illegal member of the Ukrainian government, when Costa Rica fancies itself as a beacon of liberty and freedom?
Businesses with fertilizers, steel, pharmaceuticals and agro-industrial products are, according to Spirin, open possibilities to the Central American market. In addition, he said, there is an advanced aerospace project with Mexico and the option of establishing a workshop for Ukrainian Antonov cargo planes in Panama. “We seek diversification of economic relations. When we lose the Russian market, we need open spaces here in America as they are looking for, I think, because they have lost the market of Ukraine.”
Spirin, who also attended the summit of leaders from Mexico and countries in the Caribbean basin, last 29 and 30 April in Merida, criticized Russia insisting that he considers fallacious the arguments on the approach to the region. “If they say that nothing is happening in Central America, it means that something else is happening,” he said on his last day in Costa Rica, a country which decided in April to remove visa requirements for Russian citizens in order to attract their tourists.
Attorney Enrique Castillo, who stepped down last Thursday as Costa Rican Foreign Minister has accused Nicaragua of opening its doors to Russia, including the alleged establishment of military bases through bilateral agreements involving weapons trade. Unfortunately, Castillo has shown no proof to sustain his accusations, which clearly reflects the role of small, powerless nations such as Costa Rica.