Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has stated that the US should stop “encouraging” the conflict in Ukraine.
Following Russia’s invasion, the United States and the European Union have been major suppliers of arms and aid to Ukraine.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has said that peace talks are off the table as long as Russian President Vladimir Putin is in power.
Lula is in Beijing for talks with Xi Jinping to try to repair the China-Brazil relationship, which was strained under former President Jair Bolsonaro.
“The United States needs to stop encouraging war and start talking about peace; the European Union needs to start talking about peace so that we can convince Putin and Zelensky that peace is in the interest of everyone and that war is only interesting, for now, to the two of them,” Lula told reporters in Beijing.
Lula also revealed that during his talks with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, they discussed forming a group of like-minded leaders on Ukraine.
“I have a theory that I have already defended with Macron, with Olaf Scholz of Germany, and with Biden, and yesterday, we discussed at length with Xi Jinping. It is necessary to constitute a group of countries willing to find a way to make peace,” Lula said.
The move by Lula reveals a growing distance from geopolitical questions preoccupying the West.
Like the leaders of South Africa, India, Syria, North Korea, Belarus, Myanmar, Brazil’s Lula has adopted a policy of non-intervention over the war in Ukraine, rebuffing efforts led by US President Joe Biden to unite the global community in opposition to Russia’s invasion.