The White Home on Monday sharply criticized Brazil after President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva mentioned on a visit to China that the US is encouraging battle in Ukraine.
“On this case, Brazil is parroting Russian and Chinese language propaganda with out in any respect wanting on the information,” Nationwide Safety Council spokesman John Kirby informed reporters.
Lula mentioned Saturday throughout a go to to Beijing, the place he met Chinese language chief Xi Jinping, that “the US must cease encouraging battle and begin speaking about peace. The European Union wants to begin speaking about peace.”
This echoed a line incessantly utilized by Moscow and Beijing, which blame the West for the battle, which started in February 2022 when Russian forces poured into Ukraine in an try to overthrow the democratically elected authorities and annex swaths of the pro-Western nation.
Brazil has not joined Western nations in imposing sanctions on Russia and has refused requests to provide ammunition to Ukraine.
On Monday, Russian International Minister Sergei Lavrov mentioned in Brazil, firstly of a Latin America tour, that Russia is “grateful to our Brazilian mates for his or her clear understanding of the genesis of the state of affairs (in Ukraine).”
Veteran leftist Lula is eager to bolster Brazil’s bid to be a non-aligned peacemaker.
However Kirby mentioned Lula’s message on the battle was “deeply problematic.”
Washington does not have “any objection to any nation that desires to attempt to deliver an finish to the battle,” he mentioned.
“Clearly we would like the battle to finish,” Kirby mentioned. “That might occur proper now, immediately, if Mr (Russian President Vladimir) Putin would cease attacking Ukraine and pull its troops out.”
“The latest feedback by Brazil that Ukraine ought to think about formally ceding Crimea as a peace concession is just misguided, particularly for a rustic like Brazil that has voted to uphold the rules of sovereignty and territorial integrity (on the UN).”
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