Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva responded on Saturday to criticism over recent comments he made about Russia and Ukraine, saying that all he is doing is urging calm and patience.
During this weekend’s state visit to Portugal, demonstrators greeted Lula as he made an effort to backtrack from remarks that appeared to blame both countries for the current conflict, which was sparked by Russia’s full-scale invasion in 2022.
“I never compared Ukraine with Russia. I am familiar with what an invasion and territorial integrity are. However, the war has already begun, and peace talks are now necessary, the Brazilian president declared in a tweet on Saturday.
In order to persuade Putin and Zelensky that peace is in the interests of everyone and that war is only interesting, for the time being, to the two of them, Lula said to journalists last weekend that “the United States needs to stop encouraging war and start talking about peace; the European Union needs to start talking about peace.”
The spokeswoman posted on Facebook, “Countries that assist Ukraine defend itself against deadly aggression, are accused of encouraging war, does not correspond to the real state of affairs.”