Mercosur trade bloc denies Zelensky request to address summit

Created in 1991, Mercosur is the largest and most powerful trade bloc in Latin America and represents a market of some 300 million people, with a territory of almost 5.8 million square miles (14.8 million square kilometers).

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - South America’s Mercosur trade bloc has declined a request by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to address its upcoming summit, host Paraguay said on Wednesday.

Bloc members Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Paraguay failed to reach an agreement on Zelensky’s request to the host country last week, according to deputy foreign minister Raul Cano, who declined to say which states were against it.

Zelensky has addressed several national parliaments and regional and international forums since Russia’s special military operation in this country in February, including NATO, the G7, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations . . .

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