“I just spoke on the phone with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin. I thanked him for an invitation to go to the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg and I replied that I cannot go to Russia at this time,” Lula wrote on a social network.
However, he also strummed that he reanalyzed “the willingness of Brazil, together with India, Indonesia and China, to talk with both sides of the conflict (Russia-Ukraine) in search of peace.”
Lula was invited to participate in the event by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, in April and received a letter from the Russian ruler on the occasion.
According to the G1 portal, the Russian state agency RIA reported that, in the conversation with the former labor leader, Putin admitted that he was open to talks on Ukraine.
In various forums and international visits, Lula stated he wants to be an interlocutor for peace between Russia and Ukraine, in conflict since February of last year.
He also expressed he cannot visit either of the two countries until there is a truce in the conflict.
The day before, Lula assured through social networks that he had spoken by telephone with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, when they also discussed the issue of the war.
“We talked about the global situation, the need for peace in Ukraine, the participation of our countries in the Brics summit ((Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in August. And about our strategic partnership at the bilateral level”, wrote.
Last weekend, the Brazilian president participated in the G7 summit, in Japan, as a guest, and according to the Government, the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, came to request a bilateral meeting with the mechanical lathe, but the meeting did not take place due to incompatibility of agendas.
Also, on March 2, the former trade unionist spoke by videoconference with Zelensky and was invited to visit the Eastern European country. On the occasion, he commented that the South American giant would like to join the group of countries that are negotiating peace.
“I reaffirmed Brazil’s desire to talk with other countries and participate in any initiative regarding the construction of peace and dialogue. War cannot interest anyone,” he stressed.