After the victory of Gustavo Petro in last Sunday’s elections, the Russian president Vladimir Putin He sent a message to the leader of the Historical Pact congratulating him and highlighting the relations between Colombia and Russia, which, as he mentioned, “traditionally have a friendly character.”
“Accept my most sincere congratulations on the occasion of your election to the position of President of the Republic of Colombia”assured Putin at the beginning of his message to the president-elect.
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“Russian-Colombian relations traditionally have a friendly character. I hope that your work as the head of state will contribute to the further development of mutually advantageous bilateral cooperation ties in different fields”he added.
The Russian president ended his words by wishing him “successes, as well as good health and well-being” to the next president of Colombia.
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On June 20, Mr. Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation, sent the following message of congratulations to Mr. Gustavo Francisco Petro Urrego, President Elect of the Republic of Colombia: ➡️ https://t.co/u12l2VS13K pic.twitter.com/S9PuM8GWS8
– Russia in Colombia (@RusiaColombia) June 23, 2022
It should be noted that, Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President Iván Duque has rejected the actions of that country.
“Colombia It categorically rejects the war and joins all the voices of the international community that today call for a rapid withdrawal of Russian troops from Ukrainian territory. Colombia will actively participate in all the corresponding multilateral forums to seek the greatest international coordination that allows for humanitarian responses to this serious situation”, assured at the time.
On the other hand, a few months ago there were also certain disagreements with the Russian ambassador to the UN, Vasily Nebenzya, after he made strong comments related to the implementation of the peace agreement.
“Colombia It is not a normal country, we closely follow what is happening in the country and we are concerned because his administration has systematically avoided mentioning the final peace agreement,” Nebenzya said at a UN event.
In response to these words, Duque responded: “It is very important that those who are lacerating an unarmed people today do not pretend to give messages of peace to the world while they are committing these fratricidal acts that we all reject because the sadness that is experienced today in a Ukraine is the sadness of a humanity that cries out for this genocide to end”.