| 4 March 2024, Monday |

Despite Bolsonaro reluctance, Brazil votes against Russia on U.N. resolution

Despite Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s hesitation to criticize Russia, Brazil voted on Friday for a draft United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The South American country was one of 11 council members that voted in support of the resolution, while China, India, and the United Arab Emirates abstained from voting on the wording produced by the United States.

Russia rejected the plan, which is now scheduled to be debated by the 193-member United Nations General Assembly.

Reuters reported earlier on Friday that Brazil would vote in favor of the resolution despite doubts of its far-right president.

Bolsonaro, who recently met with President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, on Thursday scolded his Vice President Hamilton Mourao for condemning the Russian invasion, saying it was not Mourao’s job to speak about the crisis in eastern Europe.

Brazil’s foreign ministry on Thursday expressed concern about Russia’s military operations and urged a diplomatic solution, but stopped short of condemning the invasion.

Just days before the invasion, standing alongside Putin at the Kremlin, Bolsonaro said he was “in solidarity with Russia,” without elaborating. He later told reporters Putin had peaceful intentions.

The U.S. State Department deplored Bolsonaro’s comments and said they undermined diplomatic efforts to avert a disaster as well as Brazil’s own calls for a peaceful resolution.

Ukraine’s diplomatic representative in Brasilia, Anatoliy Tkach, called again on Friday for a strong Brazilian condemnation of Russia’s “aggression” against his country.

  • Reuters