Lula calls Putin, refuses invitation to visit Russia and reinforces peace proposal
President Lula took the opportunity to reiterate the proposal that Brazil collaborate in the peace negotiation
President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) spoke with Russian leader Vladimir Putin by telephone this Friday (26). The Brazilian representative stated, during the conversation, that he will not be able to accept the invitation to visit the country during the meeting of the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, in June.
Lula was invited to participate in the event in April, during the visit of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Brasília. At the time, the head of the federal executive did not confirm the agenda. This Friday (26th), he notified the head of the Kremlin, by phone call, that he is not available to travel on that date.
The head of the Planalto office also reiterated Brazil’s position of talking to both sides of the war between Russia and Ukraine to negotiate an end to the conflict, which has been going on for more than a year.
In a note, the Russian government stated that, during the conversation, Lula made “fundamental contributions on the progress of the situation in Ukraine”.
“The President of Brazil shared his impressions of his participation in the recent G7 summit and also outlined his vision of possible mediation efforts to find a solution to the conflict in Ukraine.”
The dialogue with Putin takes place days after a “disagreement” between Lula and the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, during the G7 summit in Japan. The Brazilian government tried to negotiate a bilateral meeting between the leaders in Hiroshima; however, none of the three options offered were compatible with the Ukrainian’s agenda.
The meeting was even negotiated, and would take place on Sunday (21) but the meeting ended up cancelled. Hours later, Lula said that she waited, however, Zelensky did not attend the bilateral agenda. On Tuesday (23), the deputy chief of staff of the Ukrainian said that “there was a conflict of schedules”.
In March, Lula spoke with the Ukrainian via video, and said he had reaffirmed his desire to create a group of neutral countries to mediate dialogue for peace in the region. The Brazilian representative also sent the special adviser to the Presidency, Celso Amorim, to Kiev earlier this month. Amorim was also in Moscow at the beginning of April.
Brazil adopts a position of neutrality in relation to the conflict in Eastern Europe. Russia’s partner in forums such as the Brics, a group made up of Russia, India, China and South Africa, the country is seen favorably by the Kremlin, for not supplying weapons to Kiev, as countries in the West have done.
*With information from Metrópoles
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