On Sunday, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro declined to condemn Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, declaring Brazil neutral at the United Nations, defying his government’s stated policy. Bolsonaro, a far-right politician, recently disregarded US advice not to meet Putin in Moscow ahead of the invasion, enraging Western allies by declaring categorically that he was “in solidarity with Russia.”
Despite Bolsonaro’s doubts, Brazil voted on Friday in favor of a draft UN Security Council resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Russia objected to the resolution and vetoed it. During a press conference, Bolsonaro claimed he spoke with Putin for two hours. Bolsonaro did not speak with Putin on Sunday, according to the country’s foreign ministry, but was referring to a conversation he had with the Russian leader in Moscow.
At a press conference on Sunday, Bolsonaro declared that Brazil will remain neutral in the conflict, noting that Russia and Ukraine are “practically brother states.” Bolsonaro added, “We will not pick sides; we will remain impartial and assist in every manner we can.” “A considerable majority of Ukraine’s population speaks Russian.” When asked if he would condemn Putin’s actions, he said he would wait for a final report or to see how the situation is resolved before making a decision.
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