Russian President Vladimir Putin “can’t conquer the territory of Ukraine. Maybe Crimea will be discussed. But what else he invaded, he has to think about,” Lula said during a meeting with journalists in Brasilia.
“Zelensky doesn’t like everything,” the Brazilian president continued. “The world needs peace… we need to find a solution,” he added.
Ukraine refuses to negotiate with Moscow without first withdrawing Russian troops from all of its territory, including Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in 2014.
Lula made a proposal in late January, with still vague terms, for a group of nations to mediate the conflict in Ukraine. The Brazilian president is set to present the plan to his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing next week.
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Brazil’s head of state said he was “optimistic” about the plan’s chances of success, adding that he hoped the group of nations would “form” upon his return from China.
Lula’s top adviser on international affairs, Celso Amorim, met in Moscow in late March with Vladimir Putin and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who is expected in Brazil on April 17.
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