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El Salvador's media has lashed out at President Naib Boukry and his government for their "silence" on the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
ElSalvador.com, the online edition of the newspaper El Diario de Hoy – hostile to the Bukele government on most things – reports that Bukele has seen "an unexplained silence and uncertainty."
The media outlet noted that the Organization of American States (OAS) held an extraordinary meeting late last Friday, and 24 of its 34 member states (excluding El Salvador) issued a joint statement. The organization wrote that they "strongly condemn the illegal, unjustified and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation" and "call for an immediate withdrawal from Ukraine. [Russian] military presence."
The press writes.
“El Salvador did not sign the declaration. [Its] representative, Agustín Vásquez, did not speak. The government of El Salvador is the only government in the region that has not taken a position on this issue.”
The usually outspoken Buechler did not discuss the matter on his active Twitter feed, focusing instead on other issues, such as the large upsurge of expatriate Salvadorans gathered in the United States to express their support for him.
If El Salvador – a traditionally close U.S. ally that has fallen increasingly out of favor with Washington since Bucclei became president – finds itself lumped in with Venezuela and Nicaragua, the country could one day face sanctions of its own. That would likely force Buclay into a group of countries that includes Iran, Russia, Syria and Venezuela – effectively international pariahs who are forced to trade with each other outside the mainstream global economy.
Other figures with ties to the Salvadoran government have been seeking to downplay their ties to or support for Russia and President Vladimir Putin. These include Max Keiser, an American millionaire bitcoin trader.
Keizer and his wife, Stacy Herbert, were both in El Salvador earlier this month, where they launched an investment fund called El Zonte Capital.
Kaiser is a very divisive figure in the Bitcoin (BTC) community. He has increased his considerable Bitcoin wealth, but has been criticized in the past for appearing on Russian state-run English-language broadcaster RT (aka Russia Today), where he has repeatedly attacked traditional Western financial institutions as "financial terrorists" and has spoken out in favor of Putin.
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