The Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvareported that this Thursday he spoke by videoconference with the Ukrainian president, Volodimir Zelenskyto whom he reaffirmed his decision to work on an initiative to end the war.
“I reaffirmed Brazil’s desire to talk with other countries and participate in any initiative regarding the construction of peace and dialogue,” Lula reported on his social networks, adding that “war cannot be of interest to anyone.”
“I had a phone call with the president of Lula. Thank you for supporting our resolution at the United Nations. We stress the importance of defending the principle of sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. We also discussed diplomatic efforts to return peace to Ukraine and the world,” Zelensky said on Twitter.
The Brazilian Presidency has not provided further details about this conversation, the first that Lula, who took power on January 1, has had with the Ukrainian leader.
Lula, so far, has avoided direct condemnation of Russia for the invasion and has even suggested that Ukraine may also bear some responsibility in the conflictbut has insisted that the entire international community must work for a peaceful solution.
Specifically, he has suggested that the creation of a group of countries that tries to promote a dialogue between Russia and Ukraine, about which he has said that it could be formed by Brazil itself, China and India, with the participation of the United States, Germany and France .
However, his proposal so far has not found much support among the great powers, which, although they have welcomed any initiative in favor of peace, are reluctant to put Ukraine and Russia on an “equal footing”, as explained by the Minister of French Foreign, Catherine Colonnaon a recent visit to Brasilia.
Zelensky, for his part, said this week that he intended to speak with Lula and that he intended to ask for his support to ensure that Latin America “better understands” what is happening in Ukraine.
With the intention of building the necessary climate for eventual support for Lula’s proposal, the Brazilian Foreign Minister, Mauro Vieira, held a dialogue this week in New Delhi, within the framework of a G20 ministerial meeting, with his counterparts from Russia, China and the United States.
However, according to official sources told EFE, Vieira has been more concerned “with listening” to the positions of those countries, than with insisting on Lula’s initiative, which would depend on “many factors” and “political conditions” that still exist. they are not fully “ripe”.
With information from EFE
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