Brazil refuses to provide Germany with tank shells for Ukraine
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Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva rejected Germany’s request to supply ammunition for Leopard-2 tanks, which Berlin would then have transferred to Ukraine, Brazilian newspaper Folha de S.Paulo reported on Jan. 27.
According to the article, the decision was made at a meeting with the head of the Brazilian Armed Forces Raul Botelho and Brazilian Defense Minister Jose Musio, on Jan. 20.
This was on the eve of the resignation of the army commander, Julio César de Arruda.
Military servicemen and politicians familiar with the matter claim that Arruda said that Brazil would receive around $4.9 million for the tank rounds.
Lula refused the transfer, arguing that the Russia shouldn’t be “provoked.” Brazil maintains a position of neutrality for economic reasons, refusing to participate in sanctions against Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, despite condemning the full-scale invasion of Ukraine at the UN.
Berlin promises to transfer Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine by the end of March.
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