Lula desires ‘to cease warfare’ in Ukraine, requires dialogue

Lisbon, Apr 22 (EFE).- Brazilian president Luiz Inácio ‘Lula’ da Silva stated Saturday that he’s working to revive peace between Russia and Ukraine, after he was criticized by the US final week over his stance.

The White Home accused the Lula of “parroting Russian and Chinese language propaganda” after he had referred to as on the US to “cease encouraging warfare and begin speaking about peace” and met with Russian overseas minister Sergey Lavrov in Brasilia.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (R) speaks with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva throughout a gathering at Belem Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, 22 April 2023. EFE/EPA/ANTONIO PEDRO SANTOS

“Brazil desires to discover a option to restore peace between Russia and Ukraine,” Lula stated at a press convention Saturday with the Portuguese president Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

“Russia doesn’t wish to cease, Ukraine doesn’t wish to cease, we’re going to should discover a group of nations that may generate a relationship of belief,” he added.

“The concept is to cease the warfare, sit down to barter and speak,” the Brazilian chief insisted.

“Cease whereas there may be nonetheless time,” he stated. “The warfare shouldn’t have began. Russia shouldn’t have invaded, but it surely invaded. Now, as a substitute of selecting sides, I wish to select a 3rd means: the reconstruction of peace.”

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa (R) shakes fingers with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva through the welcome ceremony at Praca do Imperio, in Lisbon, Portugal, 22 April 2023. EFE/EPA/JOSE SENA GOULAO

Lula identified that Brazil had condemned Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the United Nations and insisted that he by no means “equated” Moscow and Kyiv, however reiterated that his nation desires to remain out of the warfare.

That’s the reason, he stated, he refused to promote missiles to Ukraine, as a result of “Brazil doesn’t wish to take part within the warfare, it desires to construct peace”.

“I perceive Europe’s function,” however “I need Brazil’s function to be understood as effectively,” Lula stated alongside Rebelo de Sousa, who defined that Portugal’s place was fairly completely different.

“It’s not solely the condemnation of Russia,” he stated. “Portugal is in solidarity with Nato and the EU and thinks that it’s not a good state of affairs to not permit Ukraine to defend itself and attempt to get well territory that was invaded with the violation of its territorial integrity.”

“For Portugal, an ally of the EU and Nato, the road is one other one, for Brazil, it’s the one outlined by Lula,” Rebelo stated. “It’s as much as the authority of every nation to develop what they take into account to be their priorities.”

Brazil’s stance on Ukraine is without doubt one of the points that has fueled the political controversy over Lula’s go to to Portugal in current days.

The Brazilian President, who arrived in Lisbon on Friday, will meet at present with the Prime Minister, Socialist António Costa, earlier than taking part within the XIII Portuguese-Brazilian Summit, the primary in seven years. EFE


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