For allowing a concert by a Russian choir, the Ukrainian embassy in Mexico launched itself against the Ministry of Culture

The Embassy of Ukraine in Mexico condemned the permission granted by the Ministry of Culture to a Russian choir for a presentation at Cenart (PHOTO: ANDREA MURCIA / CUARTOSCURO.COM)

Almost nine months have passed since Russian Army troops, commanded and led by Vladimir Putin, started a warlike conflict on Ukrainian territory.

Although much of the international community has condemned and rejected the actions of the Russian Army against the Ukrainian people, many other countries like Mexico have tried to maintain a position as neutral as possible to avoid a breakdown in diplomatic relations with both nations.

Despite this, it recently emerged that in Mexico City, the Ministry of Culture granted a permit for a choir, from the Russian Federation called “Turetsky”, will perform in the vicinity of the National Center for the Arts (Cenart) last Friday, November 11 at 6:00 p.m., a situation that outraged the Ukrainian community that currently lives in the Aztec country.

People hold signs during a protest, after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, outside the Russian embassy in Mexico City, Mexico. February 24, 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/Luis Cortes)
People hold signs during a protest, after Russia launched a massive military operation against Ukraine, outside the Russian embassy in Mexico City, Mexico. February 24, 2022. (Photo: REUTERS/Luis Cortes)

It was through your verified account Twitter that the Embassy of Ukraine in Mexico ruled on the concert that the Russian choir “Turetsky” offered during the afternoon of last Friday in the vicinity of the Blas Galindo Auditorium of the National Center for the Arts (Cenart) located in the Coyoacán Mayor’s Office in the Mexican capital.

According to the press release issued, the realization of said event was possible thanks to the support provided by the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Moscow Governmentwhich generated great indignation among the Ukrainian community that currently resides in Mexico and who are aware of the seriousness of the conflict in their country of origin.

“In Ukraine, the Russian military, after invading the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, are committing war crimes, murdering, raping and looting thousands of innocent Ukrainian civilians, including children. The entire civilized world, including Mexico has strongly condemned Russia’s actionscalling for the immediate withdrawal of its troops from Ukrainian territory”, the Embassy of Ukraine in Mexico stated in its press release.

Stock image. An Amnesty International activist holds a banner during a protest in front of the Russian Embassy as part of the Global Day of Action for Ukraine, in Mexico City, Mexico. March 24, 2022. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido
Stock image. An Amnesty International activist holds a banner during a protest in front of the Russian Embassy as part of the Global Day of Action for Ukraine, in Mexico City, Mexico. March 24, 2022. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Similarly, the Embassy of Ukraine in Mexico pointed out that, while the civilian population of Ukraine is forced to hide in basements to protect themselves from Russian missiles and thousands of women and men – including artists and musicians – go to the front with a weapon in hand to defend the country from the conflict with Russia, “it is cynical that representatives of the invading country have the freedom to travel and continue with their artistic work, ignoring the crimes perpetrated by their state”.

Under this tenor, the Embassy of Ukraine in Mexico considered that both government entities and representatives of civil society have to refrain from contacts with representatives of Russia in any sphere in order to thereby give a strong and decisive signal for it to stop its military aggression against the Ukrainian citizenry.

The Embassy of Ukraine in Mexico placed special emphasis on highlighting that the fact that the “Turetsky Choir” comes from Russia is not what causes outrage, but rather that on September 30 a celebratory concert was held in Moscow on the occasion of the illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories temporarily occupied: Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson and Zaporizhzhia, orchestrated by Russia “after conducting illegal referendums at gunpoint”. In said event, the aforementioned musical group He openly expressed his support for the conflict between the two nations.

Given this action, the Embassy of Ukraine in Mexico stated that culture has to be beyond politics but that Russian groups such as the “Turetsky Choir” sponsored by the Moscow regime are used as a tool to spread anti-Ukrainian propaganda in your own country and abroad.

With this precedent, the Ukrainian delegation in the Aztec country asked the Ministry of Culture not to allow the presentation of the group, particularly in official institutions of the Government of Mexico, however, the response from the Mexican authorities was negative under the argument that “culture constitutes a bridge of dialogue between the peoples of the world and a tool for achieving peace and global solidarity outside the political sphere”.

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For allowing a concert by a Russian choir, the Ukrainian embassy in Mexico launched itself against the Ministry of Culture