On Wednesday (1), the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Mauro Vieira, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Sergey Lavrov. The two are in New Delhi, India, for a meeting of advisors to the Group of Twenty, a group formed by the world’s 20 largest economies. Lavrov confirmed during the meeting that he intends to tour Latin American countries in the second week of next April. The idea is to start the tour in Brazil.
The meeting between the diplomatic representatives of Brazil and Russia lasted about 45 minutes. According to the sources, the first half of the conversation focused on the bilateral relations between the two countries, which they intend to establish in the coming years.
Lavrov’s trip to the region focuses attention on these relations, with special attention paid to Brazil which has had a new government, the Lula government, since January this year.
He also talked about the war in Ukraine
The second half of the meeting between Vieira and Lavrov dealt with the war in Ukraine, which ended one year last Friday (24). Last week, the United Nations General Assembly approved, with a positive vote from Brazil, a resolution demanding that Russia withdraw its forces from Ukraine.
Mauro Vieira’s position was the same as it had been in February, during the Security Conference in Munich, Germany. The listening posture, to understand the positions and assessments of each one on the conflict.
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Interlocutors from the Brazilian government reported that the conversation was important for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in short, a history of the situation and a current assessment of the conflict also by Russia.
Lavrov provided details of previous attempts to achieve peace, such as mediation by Turkey last year when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted rounds of talks between the Russians and the Ukrainians. However, a solution to the dispute remains elusive.
At the end of the meeting with Sergey Lavrov, Itmarati’s assessment was that both Ukraine and Russia understood Brazil’s position of seeking reconciliation. A source from Itamaraty said: “The stalemate of war is still there, unfortunately, but it has to be broken at some point, and Brazil is one of the countries willing to work for this, for peace.”
Meetings with all BRICS countries
By the end of the trip, Mauro Vieira will have met all the diplomatic representatives of the BRICS countries, a group formed by Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
The Brazilian chancellor also held important meetings with European and African ministers, in addition to holding a meeting with the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, tomorrow, Thursday (2).
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