Brazilian Army Leopard-1A5BR tank. Photo: reproduction

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) vetoed the German government’s request for the supply of ammunition for war tanks. Ammunition would be passed through Berlin to Ukraine at war with Russia. With information from Folha de S.Paulo.

The decision took place on the 20th, after a meeting between the PT and the Minister of Defense, José Múcio Monteiro.

Lula denied the request, arguing that it was not worth provoking the Russians. Despite condemning the invasion in February last year at the UN, Brazil maintains a position of neutrality for economic reasons, refusing to participate in sanctions against President Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

Previously, with Júlio César de Arruda in command of the Army, Germany, together with pressure from the United States, had already sent requests to Brazil to negotiate the shipment of 14 Leopard-2 tanks, which use 120mm ammunition, and the re-export of armaments .

According to military personnel and politicians with knowledge of the episode, Arruda promised to send around BRL 25 million in a batch of ammunition. However, the shipment was not carried out since President Lula denied the requests and, later, dismissed the commander.

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