The West Didn’t Give Diplomacy a Chance in Ukraine: The Brazilian Lula
BRASILIA, April 7 (IANCE) Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said neither Ukraine nor Russia can achieve every goal they set in their conflict, but they need a mediator to facilitate peace talks, while criticizing the European Union and the United States for rushing to support Kiev, according to media reports. instead of trying to calm down.
“It is not necessary to wage war,” Lula said at an informational breakfast at his official residence, the Palacio do Planalto, Thursday.
“We believe that the developed world, especially the European Union and the United States, has the option of not going to war the way they did, too quickly, without taking the time to try to negotiate,” he said. “Negotiating peace is very complicated.”
The Brazilian leader, who is due to travel next week to China, a country with a similar situation in Ukraine for him, says he hopes his contacts with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will help spark a conversation that “we should have had a year ago.”
He added that India and Indonesia may also have a role.
Explaining his view on how to end hostilities, he suggested excluding the status of Crimea from the discussion, but stressed that Russia “cannot keep territory in Ukraine.”
He also said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “also cannot want everything.” Kiev declared a military victory over Russia and the return of all lands, including Crimea, as a precondition for entering peace talks.