Brazilian president refuses to come to Russia at Putin’s invitation

BRASILIA, BRAZIL – MARCH 30: President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva looks on during tour FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy during ahead of the upcoming World Cup Australia – New Zealand 2023 at Alborada Palace on March 30, 2023 in Brasilia, Brazil. (Photo by Andressa Anholete/Getty Images)

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said that he refused to come to Russia at the invitation of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Source: Da Silva on Twitter

Quote: “I’ve just spoken on the phone with Russian President Vladimir Putin. I thanked him for inviting me to attend the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg and told him that I could not go to Russia at the moment, but reiterated Brazil’s willingness, along with India, Indonesia and China, to negotiate with both sides of the conflict in search of peace.”


  • Da Silva said he had discussed with China and the United Arab Emirates joint mediation in resolving Russia’s war in Ukraine and called for the formation of a “political G20” to end the war.


  • Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been repeatedly accused of being too friendly with Russian President Vladimir Putin. He made this statement after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s visit to Brazil.
  • The White House sharply criticised Brazil after their President’s statement. 
  • In early April, Silva suggested that Ukraine should give up Crimea to end the war. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry responded by saying that Ukraine does not trade its territories.


  1. Putler is fast running out of allies. Not even the leaders of BRICS countries want to meet him.

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