The Russian ambassador to Brazil says the US demands that Brazil impose sanctions. Ambassador Lebetsky said the US is asking Brazil to impose sanctions on Russia.
“The United States is putting pressure on Brazil, persuading it to impose sanctions against Moscow,” Russian ambassador to Brazil, Alexei Lebetsky, told Russian outlet RIA Novosti.
“Of course. We are well aware of what is happening,” he said, answering a question about whether the West is putting pressure on Brazil.
As Lebetsky pointed out, the West, and above all, the United States, is trying to convince Brazilians that sanctions against Russia are necessary. “So far they have not achieved any effect,” said the ambassador.
As we reported in the previous column, Brazil defied the United States and received the first shipment of Russian diesel. Brazil received its first batch of diesel from Russia: 35 million liters. A tanker with fuel from a Eurasian country arrived at the port of So Paulo. The delivery is a reflection of contacts between President Vladimir Putin and Jair Bolsonaro. The next tanker is expected this October.
The South American giant agreed to acquire Russian diesel in July this year. President Jair Bolsonaro briefed the press. At the end of the Brazilian summer, the retail price of automobile fuel in Brazil reached an all-time high. This has increased the inflation in the country. Brazil imports about a third of the amount of diesel needed for its market.
Bolsonaro (PL) no longer relies only on Russian fertilisers, even as Brazil’s president in July announced he was in advanced talks with Russia and other countries to supply diesel to Brazil.
Following the start of a Russian special military operation in Ukraine, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said the Latin American country would not vote on a UN resolution condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin or proposing sanctions. In July, he reported that sanctions imposed by the West against Russia had not worked.
In early August, the former head of Itamarti Celso Amorim, who serves as an adviser to the former president and the leadership candidate for President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, said that if he returns to lead the country. He would not support sanctions against Russia.
After special operations began in Ukraine, the West intensified the pressure of sanctions on Russia, but this turned into problems primarily for the US and Europe itself, leading to a sharp increase in the prices of electricity, fuel and food.
As President Vladimir Putin has pointed out, blocking and weakening Moscow is a long-term strategy for the West, and sanctions have dealt a heavy blow to the entire world economy. According to him, the main aim of the United States and its allies is to spoil the lives of millions of people.