Brazil’s Bolsonaro Claims Sanctions Against Russia Have Failed

Jair Bolsonaro Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a welcome ceremony to receive the Brazilians and foreigners evacuated from Ukraine during the mission of repatriation, at the Brasilia Air Base, in Brasilia, Brazil March 10, 2022. REUTERS/Adriano Machado
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BRASILIA, July 7 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday that the economic sanctions imposed by the West against Russia had not worked, echoing comments by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The comments by Bolsonaro, who met with Putin days before the Ukraine invasion in February, are likely to go down badly with the United States and many European countries, which have previously criticized Brazil’s engagement with Russia. read more

“The economic barriers that the United States and Europe imposed against Russia did not work,” Bolsonaro told supporters, adding that his position towards Putin and the war “was one of balance.”

Bolsonaro said that stance had allowed him to acquire fertilizers, a key input for Brazil’s vast agricultural sector, from Russia. He also said Russia shared Brazil’s concerns over “sovereignty” of the Amazon.

The president has often described criticism by other nations of his stewardship of the rainforest as an infringement on Brazil’s sovereignty.

Earlier on Thursday, Putin said it was obvious that Western sanctions were creating difficulties, “but not at all what the initiators of the economic blitzkrieg against Russia were counting on.” read more

In June, Bolsonaro and Putin discussed global food security in a phone call, and confirmed their intention to strengthen their strategic partnership. read more

Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello; Writing by Peter Frontini; Editing by Sam Holmes
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