President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) and US President Joe Biden. Photo: reproduction

Jake Sullivan, US National Security Adviser, called Celso Amorim, international adviser to the Presidency of the Republic, to discuss the war in Ukraine. The White House released a statement reporting that the conversation took place this Tuesday (18).

According to the US government, Sullivan and Amorim discussed a number of bilateral and global issues, “including Russia’s war against Ukraine, continued cooperation to combat climate change and protect the environment, the G-20 and our shared efforts to safeguard democratic institutions”.

The conversation takes place after statements by President Lula on the case. Last Sunday (16), the PT member said that the United States and Europe have prolonged the conflict, “contributing to the continuation of this war.”

The White House National Security Council’s strategic communications coordinator, John Kirby, criticized the Brazilian government’s position on the war, saying it is “deeply problematic”. He also criticized another speech by Lula, who had already said that Ukraine could cede Crimea in the name of peace between the two nations.

Amorim called the US response “exaggerated” and claimed that “at various times Brazil, in the current government, condemned the invasion of Ukraine”.

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