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Lula and his absence from the conference on Ukraine: “Without Russia there is no one to negotiate with”

Lula and his absence from the conference on Ukraine: “Without Russia there is no one to negotiate with”

Lula and his absence from the conference on Ukraine: “Without Russia there is no one to negotiate with”

The president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silvawill be one of the major absentees from the Peace Conference in Ukraine which will be held this weekend in Swissand he justifies it with a simple reason: “Without Russia“There is no one to negotiate with.”

That statement, which he reiterated this week at an investment forum held in Rio de Janeirosummarizes the position that the Brazilian progressive leader has maintained since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukrainein February 2022.

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At that time, Lula was a candidate for the Presidency, which he won in the October elections of the same year, and since taking power on January 1, 2003, he has unsuccessfully proposed to all Western democracies the promotion of dialogue between Ukraine and Russia.

Very U.S Like all European powers, they categorically refused, arguing that Lula’s proposal would mean placing the invader and the attacked country on an equal footing.

Even so, this week too, when participating in an event at the International Labor Organization (ILO) held at the headquarters of that organization in Genevathe Brazilian president insisted that it is not possible to achieve peace if the presidents of the Russia, Vladimir Putin, and Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskythey do not accept dialogue.

“There has to be an agreement, but if Zelensky He says he doesn’t want to talk to Putin, and Putin says he doesn’t talk to him. Zelenskywill it be because they are enjoying the war, because otherwise they would have sat down to talk to find a peaceful solution” he declared.

During his brief stay in Genevabefore heading to the summit of G7, Lula had a meeting with the Swiss president, Viola Amherdwho, according to the Brazilian government, tried to convince him to participate in the peace conference, but was met with a blunt refusal.

Lula “Greetings to Swiss for the organization of this conference, but reiterated the Brazil’s positionin the sense that a solution to the crisis requires the participation of representatives from both sides of the conflict”explained the Brazilian Presidency in an official note.

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The same message in the G7 and in front of Zelensky himself

Lula, whose country is presiding this year over the G20took this message to all international forums, in which he repeatedly condemned the way the world spends “trillions of dollars” in arms for “fuel conflicts” instead of promoting peace, development and combating inequalities.

He reiterated this this Friday at G7 Summit, which takes place in the Italian region of Apulia, in front of the leaders of Germany, Canada, United States, France, Italy, Japan and United Kingdom, and your own Zelenskypresent at the meeting of Western powers as a guest.

Brazil firmly condemned the invasion of Ukraine on the part of Russia and it is already clear that neither party will achieve its objectives military way” he declared.

He then noted that “only an international conference recognized by the parties, as proposed Brazil It is Chinacan make peace viable”, with which, between the lines, he once again justified his absence from the meeting to be held in Swiss this weekend.

Lula’s position generated resentment among Western powers, but did not reach the point of obscuring the relationship with the progressive leader, who maintains a fluid dialogue with the U.S in Joe Biden and with most European leaders.

He maintains the same dialogue with Putin, with whom he even spoke by phone this week and confirmed his presence at the forum summit. BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), which will be held in October in the Russian city of Kazan.

Source: Elcomercio

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