Brazil’s Lula to Zelensky: No Military Solution to Conflict with Russia
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The two leaders met behind closed doors on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York on Thursday.
Lula made it clear to Zelensky that he believes there can be no military solution to the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the broadcaster reported on Friday.
He further noted that Brazil was the only member of the BRICS group – which also includes China, Russia, India and South Africa – that voted at the UN to condemn the Russian military operation, the sources said.
According to the sources, Lula stressed that Brasilia was eager to participate in efforts to achieve peace in Ukraine.
Zelensky replied that he had no confidence that the terms of any peace deal that might be reached with Moscow would be fulfilled, the sources said. The Ukrainian leader also insisted that he could only commit to a settlement that would involve the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial integrity.
The diplomats, who were present at the meeting, described it as “cordial,” but said the sides essentially repeated the positions that they have been voicing publicly in recent months.
Zelensky wrote on his Telegram page on Thursday that his conversation with Lula was “frank and constructive.”