Chechen Speaker Threatens to Arm Mexico if US Sends Weapons to Ukraine

AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev
AP Photo/Musa Sadulayev

Chechen Parliament Speaker Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov warned that Russia would supply arms to Mexico if America sends weapons to Ukraine.

“We will perceive arms shipments to Ukraine as a signal to respond in kind,” he stated on the parliament website.

He expressed hope that the weapons will ignite American and Mexico disputes over “territories annexed by the United States in the American states of California, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and part of Wyoming.” America gained these states under President James Polk “through the annexation of Texas in 1845, the negotiation of the Oregon Treaty with Great Britain in 1846, and the conclusion of the Mexican-American War in 1848, which ended with the signing and ratification of the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo in 1848.”

Abdurakhmanov did not mention that America also gained portions of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Montana in these deals. The Gadsen Purchase brought in remaining parts of New Mexico and Arizona in 1853 under President Franklin Pierce.

“We reserve the right to conduct conferences in Russia, Mexico and the U.S. to raise the question of breaking away the above mentioned states from the U.S., and [about] supplying weapons to resistance fighters there,” he continued.

In February, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) led a group of senators pressuring the White House to send weapons to the Ukrainian army. Congress passed a law in December that allows the government to send weapons to Ukraine. President Barack Obama signed the legislation, “but it gave him leeway over whether or when to send arms.”

“I’d like to express my appreciation to Senator Reid and all of my other colleagues here who are joining today what is now an overwhelming bipartisan consensus: the United States must act with urgency to provide defensive, lethal assistance to Ukraine,” said McCain. “Russia’s invasion of the sovereign territory of Ukraine, which has continued unabated in the face of political and economic sanctions is the gravest threat to European security in decades.”

Abdurakhmanov is friends with Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, who installed a pro-Russian government in the region after Russian President Vladimir Putin propped him into the presidency in 2007. Putin has continued publicly supporting Kadyrov, despite the numerous human rights violations in Chechnya. Giving Kadyrov the presidency allowed the 38-year-old to “create the Islamic republic that Chechen separatists had dreamed of – albeit one entirely reliant on Moscow for financial support and where Shariah law is selective, not absolute.”


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