Last Update: April 18, 2023, 03:20 AM IST
The White House on Monday sharply criticized Brazil after President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on a visit to China that the United States was encouraging war in Ukraine.
“In this case, Brazil is repeating Russian and Chinese propaganda without looking at the facts,” National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters.
Lula said on Saturday during a visit to Beijing, where he met Chinese leader Xi Jinping, that “the United States should stop encouraging war and start talking about peace. need to start talking about.”
It echoes a line often used by Moscow and Beijing, which blame the West for the war, which began in February 2022 when Russian forces overthrew the democratically elected government in Ukraine and replaced it with pro-Western forces. In an attempt to overthrow swaths of the country.
Brazil has not joined Western countries in imposing sanctions on Russia and has refused Ukraine’s request to supply ammunition.
On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Brazil, at the start of a tour of Latin America, that Russia “is grateful to our Brazilian friends for their clear understanding of the origins of the situation (in Ukraine).”
Veteran leftist Lula is keen to bolster Brazil’s bid to become a non-aligned peacemaker.
But Kirby said Lula’s message on the war was “deeply problematic”.
Washington has “no objection to any country that wants to try to end the war,” he said.
Kirby said, “Obviously we want the war to end.”
“Brazil’s most recent comment that Ukraine should consider formally handing over Crimea as a peace concession is misguided, especially for a country like Brazil that has upheld the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity (at the United Nations).” Voted to retain.”
read all Breaking News Here
(This story has not been edited by News18 staff and is published from a syndicated news agency feed)