NZ govt condemns “Russia” in four statements but doesn’t mention Putin (the warmonger who ordered troops into Ukraine)

Win some (hopefully); lose some (but not too much).

We refer to New Zealand’s international trade and trade relationships.

While Trade Minister Damien O’Connor is packing his bags to build trade opportunities in Europe and the Middle East, the PM and the Minister of Foreign Affairs have been announcing  “targeted” travel bans against Russian Government officials and other individuals associated with the invasion of Ukraine and prohibiting the export of goods to Russian military and security forces.

For good measure, Energy and Resources Minister Dr Megan Woods has assured us that New Zealand won’t be affected by Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine and any resulting curtailment of Russian oil supply.

One good reason (as Woods explained) is that:

“New Zealand does not purchase any oil or oil products from Russia so would not be directly affected if Russian oil supply is curtailed.”  

Similarly, regarding the export ban, Ardern acknowledged

“exports from New Zealand under this category are limited … “

It should be noted (by the way) that the PM has not named the warmongering villain of the piece – Vladimir Putin – just as she and Foreign Affairs Minister Nanaia Mahuta have not named him in three other press statements this week while they expressed this country’s dismay at  the invasion of Ukraine.  Continue reading “NZ govt condemns “Russia” in four statements but doesn’t mention Putin (the warmonger who ordered troops into Ukraine)”