Alberto Fernández and Justin Trudeau agreed to vote to suspend Russia from the UN Human Rights Council over the Bucha massacre

The last meeting between Alberto Fernández and Justin Trudeau during the G20 conclave

President Alberto Fernandez today held a private conference by video call with the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeauto exchange positions on the geopolitical agenda linked to the humanitarian crisis generated by the war between Russia and Ukrainewhich already has thousands of civilian victims and the forced displacement of millions of people.

The virtual call was made from Casa Rosada at 10 a.m. -Argentine time-, with an agenda that included a Canadian President’s initiative to support Ukrainian refugees and his offense to increase pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putinwhich seeks to isolate it from international organisations.

The video call, which lasted 37 minutes, focused exclusively on the situation in Ukraine and the humanitarian aid initiatives for the civilian population and refugees. There were coincidences in the decision to move forward in condemning Russia to the UN Human Rights Council for the Bucha massacrea town northwest of the city of Kyiv, where images of thousands of corpses appeared in the open air, found after the advance of Putin’s military forces.

Argentina had already decided to vote, with the United States proposal, to suspend the Russian Federation from this United Nations body. The condemnation and temporary exclusion of the Moscow delegation requires a special two-thirds majority of those present at the UN General Assembly.

The virtual meeting with Trudeau took place in the presence of the Minister of the Economy, Martin Guzmanthe secretary for strategic affairs, Gustavo Belize Yes Luciana Titus, chief of staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, cafe santiagowas with an excused absence in the call. He went to receive the Bolivian President’s plane, Louis Arcewho is due to go to Casa Rosada at 11 a.m. to negotiate the volumes of natural gas the country needs to meet energy demand during the winter.

Trudeau also forwarded his campaign to Alberto Fernández “Defend Ukraine” convened by the Canadian government with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, to raise funds for Ukrainian refugees. The same proposal had been communicated to the Mexican President on Tuesday Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO).

The videoconference coincides with a Justin Trudeau’s call to stop Putin from attending the next G20 summit, who will be in Indonesia on November 15 and 16 in Bali. The Canadian government has called on all countries that make up the world governing body to block Moscow, as part of the reprisals that Western powers are unleashing against the Kremlin for the escalation of hostilities it has unleashed against sovereignty and the population. Ukrainians.

Argentina occupies one of the seats of the organization made up of the twenty countries with the greatest economic influence in the world. And Putin is not ruling out attending the conclave, as confirmed by the Russian government. “The decision will be made depending on the situationsaid Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

The discussion on Russia’s permanence in the G20 represents once again a diplomatic challenge for the government of Alberto Fernández, who repudiated Russian attacks on Ukraine after several wavering stances early in the war. A complex record, after his foreign policy cultivated a close bond with Vladimir Putin’s government during the pandemic over vaccine supplies Sputnik V and he even reinforced this association with his last tour of Asia and Moscow.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leads an offensive to isolate Putin from the G20 (REUTERS/Blair Gable)
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leads an offensive to isolate Putin from the G20 (REUTERS/Blair Gable)

In these talks, the pressure of Western powers and the position of Latin American partners, such as Brazil and Mexico, will be decisive. President AMLO is a central ally of Alberto Fernández to avoid isolation in the region on the most controversial issues that are in tension with Washington’s interests.

“President López Obrador and I we share our concern about the humanitarian impact of the war in Ukraine and invited him to be part of the #StandUpForUkraine event to support Ukrainian refugees and other displaced people,” Justin Trudeau wrote of Mexico this week on his Twitter account.

Trudeau’s position is unequivocal on the geopolitical discussion that crosses the concert of nations and shows itself as an ally of Volodymyr Zelensky, the President of Ukraine. He said that in the G20 “it is impossible for Vladimir Putin to sit at the table and pretend that everything is fine», and does not consider the Russian president as a « productive partner » for the dialogue table in a world hit by a new economic crisis, caused by the war in Eastern Europe.

The exclusion of Russia from global decision-making spaces is a foreign policy line of the Canadian government. They had previously opposed then-US President Donald Trump’s proposal for Putin to take a G7 seat. Then, Trudeau questioned the annexation of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.

The continued lack of respect for international rules and standards is the reason why (Russia) remains outside the G7 and will continue to be“, Defined the Prime Minister.

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