During a recent visit to China, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said that the U.S. should stop “encouraging” the war in Ukraine and support peace efforts instead. In response, on Tuesday, the White House accused Lula of repeating Chinese and Russian propaganda.
National Security Council Spokesman, John Kirby, said on Tuesday, “Brazil has substantively and rhetorically approached this issue by suggesting that the United States and Europe are somehow not interested in peace or that we share responsibility for the war.”
“In this case, Brazil is parroting Russian and Chinese propaganda without at all looking at the facts,” Kirby added. He then noted that Lula’s comments were “simply misguided” and “deeply problematic.”
Lula has recently criticized NATO’s role in the war in Ukraine and attempted to bring Putin and Zelensky to the negotiating table.
“The United States needs to stop encouraging war and start talking peace,” Lula said Saturday. “The European Union needs to start talking about peace so that we can convince Putin and Zelensky that peace is in the interest of everyone and that war is only interesting, for now, to the two of them.”
Lula has also disagreed with the West’s view that Russia is solely to blame for the war and noted Sunday that both Russia and Ukraine “had decided to go to war.”
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While in China last week, Lula proposed the formation of a coalition as a way to pursue an end to the war. “I have a theory that I have already defended with Macron, with Olaf Scholz of Germany, and with Biden, and yesterday, we discussed at length with Xi Jinping.”
“It is necessary to constitute a group of countries willing to find a way to make peace,” he added.
According to Zerohedge on Monday, Russian and Brazilian Foreign Ministers Serey Lavrov and Mauro Vieira met and Vieira called for a ceasefire in Ukraine and blamed Western sanctions for damaging the global economy.
Meanwhile, Lavrov stated that the Kremlin was pleased with the role Brazil was willing to take to negotiate an end to the war. “As for the process in Ukraine, we are grateful to our Brazilian friends for their excellent understanding of this situation’s genesis,” Lavrov said.
“We are grateful (to them) for striving to contribute to finding ways to settle it,” he concluded.
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