MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Saturday that Mexico does not accept Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in a video message broadcast at a global event in support of Ukrainian victims of the conflict.

“We do not accept the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, because we have suffered from invasions,” said Lopez Obrador, referring to the Spanish, French and American invasions of the Latin American nation.

“We are in favor of a peaceful solution to the conflict.”

Earlier this week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau invited Lopez Obrador to attend the event he organized with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees and displaced people in inside the country.

While Lopez Obrador said he was unable to attend on Wednesday, he had promised to release a video “to condemn the invasion”.

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Lopez Obrador tried to remain neutral in the conflict and refused to impose sanctions against Russia.

While its government backed a United Nations vote urging Russia to withdraw its forces from Ukraine, Mexico abstained in a vote Thursday at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on suspending the Russia from the UN human rights body.

(Reporting by Dave Graham; Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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