White House: “Lula repeats like a parrot” Russian propaganda

Washington/Brasilia. EFE

The US government claimed that Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been “parroting” Russian and Chinese propaganda about the war in Ukraine and has not even stopped to study “the facts”. “The way in which Brazil has addressed this issue both substantively and rhetorically by suggesting that the US and Europe are somehow not interested in peace or that they share responsibility for war is deeply problematic,” said John Kirby, one of the White House spokesmen.

“At that point, Brazil is parroting Russian and Chinese propaganda, paying absolutely no attention to the facts,” he added. Kirby took this position when asked about the latest statements by Lula, who last week visited China and the United Arab Emirates and, from Beijing, stated that the United States should stop “incentivizing” the war in Ukraine and “begin to talk about peace.” This Sunday, from Abu Dhabi, the Brazilian leader insisted on these criticisms by pointing out the US, as well as the European Union, for being “contributing” to the continuation of the war.

Lula, who has tried to maintain a neutral stance in the conflict, also recently said that Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelensky should consider the possibility of permanently ceding the Crimean peninsula to Russia, which Moscow annexed in 2014. Kirby considered that this proposal It is “erroneous” and he questioned that it was suggested by a country like Brazil, which he recalled had voted to defend the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity in the United Nations General Assembly.

Allies. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with his Brazilian counterpart. Photo: EFE

Lula, in power since January 1, met with his US counterpart, Joe Biden, at the White House on February 10 and both then spoke about the Brazilian’s proposal to create a group – integrated among others by the United States , Germany, France, Brazil, India, China- to mediate in the conflict. In recent days, the Brazilian president has insisted on the creation of this group, which he has described as a “G20 for peace.”

Brasilia reaction

Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira rejected the US government’s criticism of President Lula da Silva. “No, not at all, I don’t agree, I don’t know how or why they came to that conclusion, but I don’t agree at all,” Vieira told reporters after participating in the meeting between Lula and the Russian Foreign Minister. , Sergei Lavrov, visiting Brazil. When asked about it, Vieira stated that he “does not know the reasons” why President Joe Biden’s administration has issued these statements about the leader of the Latin American left.

“I can only say that Brazil and Russia complete this year 195 years of diplomatic relations with resistant ambassadors. They are two countries that have a common history, ”he defended. Lula received Lavrov on Monday, on a tour of various countries in Latin Americafor a courtesy visit, “as he usually does with foreign guests”, after officially meeting with Vieira himself, according to the Brazilian Foreign Minister.


Tour in America. The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, once again blamed the “West and NATO” for the invasion of Ukraine, starting a tour of Latin America in Brazil that will also take him to Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. Unique vision. Lavrov assured that Russia and Brazil “have a unique vision” of the conflict