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MEXICO CITY — Russian International Minister Sergey Lavrov met Wednesday with Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, and the 2 commiserated about U.S. sanctions.

The USA introduced new sanctions Wednesday towards three Nicaraguan judges who stripped 222 exiled opponents of their nationality.

Ortega informed Lavrov that his authorities isn’t involved.

“We have already got tons of of officers beneath sanctions … this doesn’t trigger them any concern or concern anymore,” Ortega stated.

Lavrov responded that “sanctioned folks in Russia take it as a recognition of their effectiveness” in defending Russian pursuits. Lavrov’s remarks have been translated from Russian to Spanish by a government-provided translator.

The 2 didn’t seem to initially focus on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Lately, Ortega’s authorities has basically arrested all home political opponents in addition to clergymen and a bishop.

On Feb. 9, Ortega’s authorities launched 222 opposition figures from jail and deported them, saying their Nicaraguan citizenship could be revoked and their property confiscated. Rights teams say that’s an instance of banishment, a violation of worldwide norms.

Lavrov started his tour of Latin America on Monday with a cease in Brazil, the place the administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is looking for to concurrently develop ties with China, Europe and the U.S. whereas retaining an open door to Russia. Throughout a go to to Dubai, Lula stated that Russia and Ukraine share duty for the conflict.

Lavrov met Tuesday with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, and was anticipated to go to Cuba on Thursday.