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Mexican president says he wants a diplomatic solution to Russian invasion of Ukraine

As Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine, Mexico’s president says he opposes war but stopped short of directly calling for Russia to withdraw.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Thursday that Mexico would continue to advocate for maintaining dialogue with Russia to resolve the conflict with Ukraine without using force.

"Mexico is a country that has always supported peace and a peaceful solution to conflict," he said during his morning press conference. "And we're hopeful that the situation in Ukraine will return to normal quickly, that there will be dialogue and it will be resolved."

López Obrador added that his government opposes war and invasion, but refrained from directly mentioning Russia in his comments. That drew criticism from some that he was striking too neutral a tone.

Instead, López Obrador focused on plans to address increased gas prices that could result from the conflict. He said Mexico is prepared to subsidize gasoline prices if necessary to prevent rising costs to the public.

Kendal Blust was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.