Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro told reporters on Thursday that he had figured out how to “solve” the latest war between Russia and Ukraine, adding that he planned to share the idea with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky next week at a a scheduled telephone meeting, Universo Online from Brazil. (UOL) reported the outlet.
“I will tell him my opinion, what I think. The solution to this. I know how this could be resolved. But I won’t tell anyone,” Bolsonaro said in Portuguese during a visit to Maranhao state in northeastern Brazil on July 14, as quoted in English by Reuters.
“The solution to this case would be like ending Argentina’s war with the UK in 1982,” he added, without giving further details.
“Argentina and Britain had a short dispute in 1982 over the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic, known in Argentina as the Malvinas,” Reuters recalled on Thursday. “It started in April 1982 when Argentine troops landed on British-held islands and Britain sent a naval force to recapture them. Ill-equipped Argentine troops stood little chance, and Argentina surrendered two months later.
Bolsonaro is due to speak by phone with his Ukrainian counterpart on July 18. The Brazilian leader said Zelensky has launched plans for the two to speak next week.
“He was the one who sought to speak to us. And I said straight away that I was going to speak to him, yes. He has a great country to lead. Everything that was agreed [Russian] President Putin is overjoyed. From me and from him. I will talk to him a lot. He is a leader and I will give him my opinion,” UOL said, quoting Bolsonaro, on July 14.
President Bolsonaro visited Putin in Moscow in February days before Russia launched its latest war with neighboring Ukraine on February 24. The Brazilian leader maintained a neutral outlook on the conflict.
“We will not take sides, we will continue to be neutral and help where possible,” Bolsonaro said at a Feb. 27 press conference.
“A large part of Ukraine’s population speaks Russian,” he said, adding that Russia and Ukraine were “virtually sister nations.”
Reuters suggested on Thursday that Bolsonaro had refrained from taking sides in the Moscow-Kyiv dispute so that Brazil could freely buy fuel and fertilizer from Russia as usual.
“Earlier this week, his [Bolsonaro’s] The foreign minister said that Brazil was looking to buy as much diesel as possible from Russia, which is also a major supplier of fertilizers to the South American agricultural powerhouse,” the news agency noted on July 14. .