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Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Brazil for its neutral stance in the war between Russia and Ukraine, generating support from the US and European Union

Written by Rafaela Fabris
Published 20/06/2024 às 18:50
Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Brazil for its neutral stance in the war between Russia and Ukraine, generating support from the US and European Union
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky harshly criticized Brazil for its neutral stance in attempts to work out a peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine. This criticism was endorsed by the United States, the European Union and other countries. Both the current Brazilian government and the previous one adopt a neutral and pragmatic stance in relation to the war in Ukraine. Image: CANVA/Disclosure

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky harshly criticized Brazil for its neutral stance in attempts to work out a peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine. This criticism was endorsed by the United States, the European Union and other countries. Both the current Brazilian government and the previous one adopt a neutral and pragmatic stance in relation to the war in Ukraine.

Brazil has a long tradition of neutrality in international conflicts, based on principles of non-intervention and peaceful resolution of disputes. During the First and Second World Wars, Brazil initially remained neutral, but ended up getting involved in the conflicts alongside the United States due to attacks suffered and American pressure. After these conflicts, Brazil continued to value national sovereignty and non-intervention.

During the Cold War, even aligned with the capitalist bloc, Brazil maintained ties with socialist countries. In the Falklands War, he adopted a neutral stance, even recognizing the legitimacy of the Argentine claim. In the current scenario, Brazil continues to try to mediate international crises, offering itself as a place for negotiations and dialogues.

Volodymyr Zelensky criticized Brazil after the country was left out of the joint declaration signed at the last peace summit in Switzerland

He stated that he will only listen to Brazil when it adopts the principles of civilized nations: “As soon as Brazil and China adopt the principles that have united us all today as diplomatic nations, we will be delighted to hear their points of view, even if they differ from those of majority of the world,” declared Zelensky. The European Union, the United States, Argentina and even Kenya endorsed this criticism.

In addition to Brazil, China, India, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates did not sign the document. All are part of BRICS, except the United Arab Emirates. The Brazilian government defended the holding of a peace conference that would be recognized by both the Ukrainians and the Russians.

The Brazilian president declared that the resistance on both sides to talking about peace makes negotiations difficult:

“As there is still a lot of resistance, from both Zelensky and Putin, to talking about peace, everyone has peace in their head the way they want. And, after a document signed with China, we are proposing that there be an effective negotiation, that we put Russia and Zelensky at the table and let's see if it is possible to convince him that peace will bring better results than the war."

This neutral and pragmatic position by Brazil, however, seems to be displeasing the Western side and generating criticism from important international leaders. History shows that the Brazil's neutrality It has an expiration date, and eventually the country may need to choose a side.

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