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Brazil's Lula snubs Olaf Scholz with Ukraine war remarks | Politico - Jan. 31, 2023 |

After Lula's remarks on Ukraine, the German chancellor stated that Russia's invasion of Ukraine was not just a European problem, but "a blatant violation of international law" and that it undermines "the basis for our cooperation in the world and also for peace."

Lula, for his part, criticized mediation efforts to date: "Until now, I sincerely haven't heard very much about how to reach peace in this war." He instead proposed to establish a peace-oriented club of nonaligned countries like China, Brazil, India and Indonesia, which he said have thus far not been involved in discussions on the war.

He also rejected the possibility that Brazil could help Ukraine to fend off Russian missile or drone attacks by selling its units of the German-made Gepard air defense tanks along with corresponding ammunition: "Brazil has no interest in handing over munitions that can be used in the war between Ukraine and Russia," Lula said. "We are a country committed to peace."

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 7th, 2023 at 11:40:47 PM EST
Press statement by President von der Leyen with Brazilian President Lula da Silva | July 17, 2023 |

This is the first Summit between the European Union and our Latin American and Caribbean partners in eight years. The world has certainly changed during that time. We went through a global pandemic, we have a major war on European soil, and we are confronted with the generational challenge of climate change. So we need our close friends to be at our side in these uncertain times.


Once again, a very warm welcome here to Brussels. It is a pleasure to have you, President Lula.

No bitter arguments about the Ukraine proxy war?

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by Oui (Oui) on Mon Aug 7th, 2023 at 11:41:54 PM EST
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