eve democracy summit, hosted by US President Joe Biden, and Nicaragua was not invited to attend. Two sons of the rulers of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo, head a Official mission In Russia, whose ultimate goal is to strengthen its relations with the Kremlin.
The mission is led by Laureano Ortega Murillo, Presidential Adviser on Investments, Trade and International Cooperation, and Presidential Delegate Rafael Ortega Murillo, with Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Ivan Acosta, and Managua’s ambassador to Moscow, Alba Torres.
The children of Ortega and Murillo began their work schedule on Monday with a meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov and continued this Tuesday with the signing of a cooperation agreement “with the aim of promoting the peaceful use of applied nuclear technologies on energy, agriculture and medicine,” the Nicaraguan government informed.
The Nicaraguan executive said in a statement that the meeting addressed “the main issues on the bilateral agenda in the areas: political, economic and trade.” They also met with the representative of the Intergovernmental Committee of Russia and Nicaragua, Veronika Skvortsova, with whom they assessed “all ongoing and projected projects”, without specifying projects.
The source added that there was also a “follow-up meeting with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) from the perspective of expanding cooperation in the supply of Sputnik V and Sputnik Lite vaccines to Nicaragua.”
Finally, the Nicaraguan delegation also met with the Deputy Chairman of the General Council of the United Russia party, Andrei Klimov, “with the aim of strengthening relations with FSLN . party (The Sandinista National Liberation Front) through the signing of a cooperation and twinning agreement that is being prepared between the two organizations,” according to the information.
Meanwhile, in the Western Hemisphere, President Biden has called 110 allied governments into what he considers democracies. Leaving Bolivia, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. Regarding the latter three, the US government indicated that they suffer from “some challenges” with respect to democracy.
scheduled date for December 9 and 10It will also include members of civil society and the private sector, who will hold a session with heads of state, sponsored by Biden himself, and other substantive, in the presence of governmental and non-governmental representatives.
On Tuesday at a press conference before the start of this summit, Ezra Zia, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Human Rights, noted that her country had “several concerns” about Central American countries that were not invited. Mainly in matters of “governance” and “anti-corruption”.
The official said she would have wanted some of these countries to “participate” in the summit, but stressed that “the focus of the meeting is working with those governments that have indicated their willingness to move forward and make commitments in these areas.”
Nicaragua is an ally of Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Nicaragua is Russia’s “very important” partner in Latin America, congratulated the Sandinista leader on his supposed “landslide victory” in the November 7 elections, and emphasized that he would step up “strategy”. Bilateral cooperation with the Central American country.
Those elections, in which Ortega won 75.87% of the vote for the fifth and fourth consecutive terms, with his main rivals in prison, were not recognized by the majority of the international community.
51st session of the General Assembly Organization of American States (OAS) He considered that the elections “were not free, fair and transparent and did not enjoy democratic legitimacy.” The United States called it “mummering.” The European Union is “fake”.
On the contrary, among the countries that congratulated Ortega on his re-election were his allies Bolivia, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Palestine, Russia, Syria, Venezuela and Vietnam.
With information from Efe.