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Brazil makes proposal on Ukraine conflict
31 Jan 2023, 18:26 GMT+10

Countries should form a group dedicated to brokering negotiations between Moscow and Kiev, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has said

The world should form a club of countries focused on achieving a peace settlement between Russia and Ukraine, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Monday. He added that, unlike many Western nations, Brazil would not offer weapons to Kiev.

"It is necessary to constitute a group with enough strength to be respected at a negotiating table, and sit down with both sides," the president, who is commonly known just as Lula, said in Brasilia, the nation's capital, after meeting with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Lula mentioned the G20, an informal club of countries with big economies that began meeting regularly after the start of the 2008 financial crisis.

"We want to propose [a type of] a G20 to put an end to the Russia-Ukraine conflict."

"Brazil will make an effort," Lula stated, adding that he had discussed the matter with Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron. He said he would also speak about the issue with US President Joe Biden, Chinese President Xi Jinping and other world leaders.

At the same time, the Brazilian president stressed that his country would not be sending weapons to Ukraine.

Last week, Germany, together with the US and several other NATO members, pledged to provide Kiev with heavy armor for the first time. The Kremlin has maintained that the deliveries will only further escalate the conflict, and that Western tanks will "burn" on the battlefield.

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Brazil also decided not to impose sanctions on Russia after Moscow launched its military operation in Ukraine last February. Lula's predecessor, former President Jair Bolsonaro, said at the time that restrictions imposed on Russia by the US and EU "did not work."

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