Brazilian President Lula fires again at Ukraine.
Brazil will not provide ammunition for the Gepard anti-aircraft tanks supplied by Germany to Ukraine or for Leopard tanks. Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva clearly rejected such requests on Monday after talks with Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) in Brasilia.
“Brazil has no interest in transferring the munitions to be used in the Ukraine-Russia war,” he said in a joint press conference. “Brazil is a land of peace. And that’s why Brazil doesn’t want any involvement in this war, not even indirectly.”
Lula once again criticized the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy (45) for his attitude in the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. “I think Russia made the classic mistake of invading another country’s territory,” he said. “But I still think: ‘If one doesn’t want to, two don’t argue.'”
Lula keeps attracting attention with anti-Ukrainian statements
At the UN General Assembly in March last year, Argentina, Brazil and Chile were among the 141 countries that condemned Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine. Today’s Brazilian President Lula criticized Selenski in May 2022 – a few months before his election.
“This guy is as responsible for the war as Putin is,” Lula told Time magazine. It is irresponsible for Western leaders to celebrate Zelensky instead of focusing on closed-door negotiations. “We encourage this guy – and then he thinks he’s the icing on the cake.”
In addition, the Brazilian President has proposed a mediation initiative by Brazil and China to end the Ukraine war. “It is necessary to form a group of countries that is strong enough and respected and sit down with the two at a negotiating table,” Lula said in a joint press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (64) in the Brazilian capital Brasilia on Monday (local time). He has already spoken to Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron (45) about the initiative.
The left-wing politician brought himself into play as a mediator to speak to the Ukrainian President Zelenskiy or the Russian President Vladimir Putin (70) – as well as China. “Our Chinese friends play a very important role in this,” he said. “It’s time for China to get involved.” (SDA/chs)