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the great diplomatic caution of Latin American leaders

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“Brazil is back. » He has already said it and repeated it, Lula will certainly repeat it in his inaugural speech at the beginning of January: with him as president, Brazil will come back in force on the international scene, where it intends to play a visible and important role. Except perhaps on one subject: the war in Ukraine.

In May, during the campaign, the candidate Lula had shocked by declaring, in an interview with “Time Magazine”: “Putin should not have invaded Ukraine. But it is not only Putin who is guilty. The United States and the European Union are also. » And the leader of the Brazilian left to add: “This guy [le président ukrainien Volodymyr Zelensky] is as responsible as Putin for the war. » A gaffe ? A skid? Not at all. Jair Bolsonaro, his far-right opponent, was on the same line. In the aftermath of the 2014 invasion of Crimea, the administration of Dilma Rousseff, a Lula protegee who had succeeded her as president, had already criticized Western attempts to suspend Russia from the G20 and mentioned the negative impact of sanctions against Moscow for developing countries.

Regarding Ukraine, Latin America has a software problem: it has not been updated. To be fair, we should say: part of Latin America. In Chile, President Gabriel Boric immediately condemned the attack and showed unfailing support for Zelensky. Immediate condemnation, too

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