Russia and Brazil are silent on the Democrat’s election
The reactions of the international community to the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the United States presidential elections have been happening since the result was known, although some silences, such as that of Russia – accused of interfering in the 2016 elections that gave the victory over Donald Trump – they have also been especially striking. Its president, Vladimir Putin, who this Saturday avoided commenting on the election of Biden, has not had such a bad relationship with the Republican president. But like China, whose relationship with the United States is more complicated and is currently experiencing the lowest hours, it does not expect major changes with the new Administration.
The one who did speak was the Russian deputy Alexei Slutski, president of the International Affairs Committee of the Duma (Parliament): “In his electoral rhetoric, the democrat named our country as the greatest enemy of the United States, so it can hardly be that a Russian politician applauds on this occasion the results of the elections, ”he assessed this Sunday, quoted by the Interfax agency. The legislator was skeptical about the possibility of a restart of relations with the United States, although he stressed the need to seek avenues of cooperation.
From the American continent the first congratulations came from the hand of the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, who has maintained a complicated relationship with Trump, and whose political formation, the Liberal Party, is closer to the Democrat. Trudeau pledged to work with Biden “to tackle the world’s greatest challenges together.”
Very different has been the case of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico, who avoided congratulating the Democrat until “the legal issues have been resolved” in the elections, he said in reference to the legal offensive initiated by Trump. During a visit to the State of Tabasco, the Mexican leader stated that he wants to be “respectful of the self-determination of the peoples” and recalled his own experience when in the Mexican elections of 2006, the then Spanish President José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero congratulated Felipe Calderón, despite the fact that López Obrador had already started a campaign denouncing an alleged fraud. “It was reckless,” added the leader. The Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, close to Trump, did not comment on Biden’s victory either.
For his part, the president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández, congratulated the Americans “for the record of participation in the elections, a clear expression of the popular will.” The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, also welcomed the election of the democrat; that of Uruguay, Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou; the one from Panama, Laurentino Cortizo; that of Honduras, Juan Orlando Hernández, or that of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado.
One of the last leaders to congratulate Biden has been Venezuelan Nicolás Maduro, who pointed out that the country he governs “will always be open to dialogue and understanding with the people and the US Government.” Likewise, former Bolivian president Evo Morales affirmed that Trump’s defeat supposes the defeat of “racist and fascist” policies. Likewise, former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva affirmed that “the world breathes a sigh of relief with Biden’s victory.”
From the Middle East there were congratulations from the Egyptian President, Abdelfatá al Sisi, and his counterpart from Lebanon, Michel Aoun. The reaction of the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has had an important ally in Donald Trump during these four years, did not arrive until this Sunday. The president congratulated Biden and Harris early in a message posted on the social network Twitter. “Joe, we have had a long and warm personal relationship for almost 40 years and I know you as a great friend of Israel,” Netanyahu said, expressing his desire to work with him and the newly elected vice president “to further strengthen the special alliance. between the US and Israel ”. In another tweet, the president thanked Trump “for the friendship he showed the State of Israel” and him personally during his term. US diplomacy in the region has been marked in recent months by the Republican president’s efforts to achieve recognition of the State of Israel and the establishment of relations with as many Arab countries as possible.
Trump presented as one of the great triumphs of his presidency the announcements of normalization of diplomatic relations with the Jewish State by the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan. Meanwhile, the Islamist movement Hamas, which governs de facto in the Gaza Strip, he urged the newly elected president to “correct unjust US policies” against the Palestinians, called on him to annul the recognition of Jerusalem as an Israeli capital and asked him to withdraw his embassy from there.
The discordant note was put by the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, who after mocking in the last days of the “spectacle” of the US elections, returned to pronounce in the same line. “This is an example of the ugly face of liberal democracy in the United States. Regardless of the result, one thing is absolutely clear, the definitive political, moral and civil decline of the American regime, ”he said.
In Africa, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has expressed his desire to work with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harrris and “deepen the ties of friendship and cooperation”; while his counterpart in Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa, has wished the new president success.
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