Brazilian president rejects Germany’s call to send weapons to Ukraine – media reports

31 January, 12:00 PM
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Olaf Scholz (Photo:REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Olaf Scholz (Photo:REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino)

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has turned down a German request to send ammunition to Ukraine as part of the international effort to help Kyiv repel the Russian invasion, the Bloomberg news agency reported on Jan. 31.

“Brazil has no interest in passing on ammunition so that it will be used in the war,” Lula told reporters at a press conference in Brasilia alongside German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

According to Bloomberg, Scholz has been trying to rally support for Ukraine during a four-day visit to South America after agreeing earlier this month to send German battle tanks, armored fighting vehicles and a Patriot missile battery to the government in Kyiv.

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At their joint appearance, Scholz said that many countries, including Brazil, could get drawn into territorial conflicts if other leaders decided to “leaf through the history books” like Putin – a reference to the Russian leader’s claims on Ukrainian territory, which are disputed by many academics.

“Brazil does not want to have any participation, even indirect,” Lula said.

“We should be looking for who can help to find peace between Russia and Ukraine.”

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