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Mercosur Declines Zelenskiy Request to Address Bloc’s Summit

  • South American trade bloc couldn’t reach consensus on speech
  • Paraguay communicated bloc’s decision to Ukraine: Official
Voldymyr Zelenskiy

Voldymyr Zelenskiy

Photographer: Ludovic Marin/AFP/Getty Images

Mercosur has declined a request by Ukrainian President Voldymyr Zelenskiy to speak at the South American trade bloc’s summit in Paraguay this week, a rare snub to the wartime leader.

Paraguay communicated the decision to Ukraine after Mercosur’s four full member countries—Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay—failed to reach a consensus on the matter, according to a senior Foreign Ministry official.