USA: “Deeply problematic”
Lavrov pleased with Brazil’s support
4/18/2023 3:54 am
Brazil’s President Lula is calling on the West to stop military support for Kiev in order to end the Russian war of aggression as soon as possible. People like to hear that in Moscow. The US rejects the statements as Kremlin propaganda.
Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has welcomed Brazil’s initiative to hold peace talks to end Russia’s war in Ukraine. “We thank Brazil for its contribution to finding a solution to this conflict,” Lavrov said after meeting his Brazilian counterpart Mauro Vieira in Brasília. “We are interested in resolving the conflict as soon as possible.”
At the same time, Lavrov reiterated his call for a “multipolar” world order. He accused the West of trying to “dominate the international arena”. Lavrov will also meet with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva for talks. The Brazilian head of state is pushing for negotiations to end the Russian war of aggression. Brazil rejects both military support for Kiev and sanctions against Russia. Unlike its Western allies, Brazil has not condemned Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine either.
During a state visit to China on Saturday, Lula accused the West of prolonging the war by supplying arms to Ukraine and called for an end to military support for Ukraine. The United States must “stop promoting war and start talking about peace,” he said in Beijing. The European Union must also “start talking about peace”. In this way, the international community will be able to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that “peace is in the interests of the whole world”.
USA: War ends immediately if Putin wants it
The United States has sharply denied the accusation of warmongering. “In this case, Brazil is parroting Russian and Chinese propaganda without even looking at the facts,” US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters. Lula’s comments on the Ukraine war are “deeply problematic”.
The US also wanted the Ukraine war to end, Kirby stressed. “It could happen immediately if Putin stopped attacking Ukraine and withdrew his soldiers.” The US is Ukraine’s main supporter in the war against Russia.