Scholz bid to rally Ukraine assist in South America falls flat

SANTIAGO/BRASILIA, Jan 30 (Reuters) – German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s bid this week to rally assist for Ukraine within the face of Russia’s invasion throughout his first South American tour fell flat, with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva reiterating his view each events shared blame.

Scholz has sought to challenge unity on Ukraine throughout his whistlestop three-day tour, thanking all three nations he has visited – Argentina, Chile and Brazil – for condemning Russia’s invasion on the United Nations Normal Meeting final 12 months.

However the fallout of the warfare and harsh sanctions on Russia, comparable to hovering meals and vitality costs, have hit the area notably onerous, elevating questions over the West’s strategy. Skepticism additionally abounds about interventionism and sanctions given its personal previous.

On the ultimate leg of his South American tour, Scholz on Monday turned the primary overseas chief to go to Lula since his inauguration. Europe is looking for to re-set ties with Brazil which had been frosty underneath far-right former President Jair Bolsonaro.

In a joint information convention in Brasilia, Scholz mentioned he was delighted by Brazil’s return to the world stage. However he grew stony-faced as his fellow leftist chief expounded his views on the Ukraine warfare.

“I feel Russia made the traditional mistake of invading one other nation’s territory, so Russia is flawed,” Lula advised reporters.

“However I nonetheless suppose that when one will not, two will not battle. You must need peace,” he mentioned, including that he had heard little or no from both facet about discovering a peaceable finish to the warfare.

Lula additionally mentioned Brazil wouldn’t present ammunition to Ukraine for German-made Gepard anti-aircraft weapons, as reportedly requested by Germany.

Brazil would work with different nations to assist obtain peace in Ukraine, as his nation has not taken sides, he mentioned.

China has an necessary function to play in peace talks, he added, which he’ll focus on on a deliberate go to to Beijing in March.


Earlier on Scholz’s tour, designed to spice up ties with the area, Argentina and Chile’s leaders extra clearly condemned the Russian assault however dialed again any hope for assist for Ukraine’s warfare effort.

“Argentina and Latin America are usually not planning to ship weapons to Ukraine or some other battle zone,” Argentine President Alberto Fernandez mentioned throughout a joint information convention in Buenos Aires with Scholz on Saturday.

Chilean President Gabriel Boric defended his condemnation of the invasion regardless of the actual fact “some media or opinion makers may consider it was a nasty resolution to become involved within the politics of different nations”.

Dodging a query about whether or not he agreed with Fernandez on weapons, he mentioned Chile had promised to assist Ukraine rebuild after the warfare, for instance clearing mines.

In each nations, Scholz visited memorials to the victims of their navy dictatorships that he mentioned underscored the necessity to battle for democracy and freedom.

“At this memorial to the various victims of the dictatorship right here I can’t assist however consider the younger people who find themselves being killed in Iran as a result of they’re combating for freedom and a greater life,” he mentioned in Buenos Aires.

In Brasilia, he expressed his full solidarity for Lula and Brazil at giant after Bolsonaro supporters earlier this month stormed authorities buildings.

German authorities officers say it’s comprehensible Latin American nations have diverging views on the causes of the warfare and the right way to deal with it, however spotlight the significance of continuous to convey the Western perspective – as Scholz has additionally accomplished in Africa and Asia.

Reporting by Sarah Marsh and Anthony Boadle; Extra reporting by Brendan O’Boyle and Riham Alkousaa; Enhancing by Lincoln Feast and Jonathan Oatis

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