Brazilian President Lula declined an invitation to visit St. Petersburg on Friday after a missed meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at the G7 summit.
“I thanked (Putin) for his invitation to the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg from June 14 to 17 and replied to him that I cannot go to Russia at this time,” Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva tweeted.
“But I reiterated to him that Brazil, like India, Indonesia and China, is ready to negotiate with both sides of the conflict with a view to achieving peace,” he added.
Brasilia tries to position itself as a mediator
Unlike many Western powers, Brazil has not imposed financial sanctions on Russia or agreed to supply munitions to Kyiv. Brasilia tries to position itself as a mediator.
Despite his recent condemnation of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Lula has stirred controversy by repeatedly claiming responsibility for the conflict is shared.
At the end of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima, the President of Brazil, Mr. He said it was a “regret” not to have a one-on-one discussion with Zelensky.
However, he added that there was no point in meeting the Ukrainian representative immediately, as he believed that he and Vladimir Putin did not want peace.
Lula “upset” not to meet Zelensky at G7
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