Mexico began to often refuse Russians entry: they are trying to get into the United States

Yuri Kobzar 19:59, 01/16/23 UNIAN

Tens of thousands of Russian citizens are trying to illegally cross the border between Mexico and the United States.

The Russians are not welcome even in Mexico / photo REUTERS
The Russians are not welcome even in Mexico / photo REUTERS

Russians began to receive refusals in obtaining a visa to enter Mexico more often . All because of the increasing attempts to illegally cross the US-Mexico border. This was stated by the representative of the Russian Embassy in Mexico Andrei Troyanovsky in a comment to TASS . 

It is noted that some time ago, the Mexican border service began to more often refuse entry to citizens of a number of countries, including Russians.

“We are seeing a slight increase in entry denials, but such close attention to tourists from Russia and the post-Soviet space is caused by an increase in the flow of illegal migrants from these countries who use Mexico as a transit zone for further entry into the United States,” Troyanovsky said.

At the same time, the Russian embassy assures that there is no particularly close attention to the Russians from the Mexican authorities. They are confident that the cases of Russians being denied entry to Mexico “are not due to their citizenship, but to doubts, possibly caused by an analysis of the answers to questions about the purpose of the trip to Mexico, which are asked by migration officials.”

At the same time, the American statistics tell a different story. So, according to The New York Times , for the 2022 fiscal year (from October 1 to September 30), 21,763 Russian citizens were detained while trying to cross the US-Mexican border. This is almost 50 times more than it was in 2020.

War in Ukraine – the position of Mexico

After the start of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Mexico generally took a neutral position – it refused to impose sanctions against the aggressor, opposed the supply of weapons to Ukraine, but at the same time verbally sympathized with Ukraine and condemned the fact of Russian aggression.

In the first months of the war in Mexico, there was an increase in the number of Russians and Ukrainians trying to illegally cross the border with the United States. Among those was even a deputy of one of the Russian cities.

In September , the President of Mexico made a proposal to establish a truce for 5 years throughout the world, including in Ukraine. This initiative was criticized in the Office of the President of Ukraine.


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