Diplomacy: G7 summit: Lula downplays not meeting Zelenskyy

Diplomacy: G7 summit: Lula downplays not meeting Zelenskyy

Was there any resentment in Hiroshima with regard to the common position of the industrialized countries on Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine? Brazil’s president dismisses that – the matter is “quite simple”.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has publicly downplayed the significance of a failed bilateral meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy at the G7 summit in Japan. “It’s very simple,” Lula said in a press conference broadcast on Brazilian television.

Accordingly, Selenskyj was late and did not appear for the meeting. Previously, when asked if he was disappointed that there was no one-to-one conversation with Lula, Zelenskyy replied, according to the English translation, that he thought Lula was disappointed.

In connection with the surprise visit of the Ukrainian President to Hiroshima, the Brazilian delegation at the G7 summit is said to have been upset. According to media reports, the delegation was irritated by the perceived pressure on Brazil and India to adopt a pro-Ukraine position on the Russian war of aggression.

Selenskyj arrived in Hiroshima on Saturday as a surprise guest and met several heads of state and government on the sidelines of the G7 summit, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

India and Brazil were partner countries at the meeting of the leading democracies. On December 1, Brazil will take over the G20 presidency from India and thus play a key international role for a year. Lula once again campaigned for international mediation in the Ukraine war through a “peace club” that is said to include Brazil and China.

Source: Stern

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