Bolsonaro meets Putin in Moscow to reaffirm bilateral ties

Moscow, Feb 16 (EFE).- Russia’s president Vladimir Putin met with his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro in Moscow Wednesday where the pair expressed support for countries “committed to peace” but did not broach the current tensions around Ukraine.

“Our countries support a multipolar world based on international law and the central coordination of the United Nations and, for this, we are firmly committed to multilateral principles and the resolution of conflicts through diplomatic and political means,” Putin told reporters.

“We support all those countries committed to peace,” Bolsonaro added, without making a direct reference to the soaring tensions around Ukraine’s border, where a build-up of the Russian military has sparked fears of a possible invasion.

The Brazilian far-right leader said both countries wanted to renew bilateral interests interrupted by the pandemic, particularly between Brazil’s agricultural industry and Russian tech.

“We are restoring relations interrupted, in one way or another, by the Covid-19 pandemic,” Putin said.

In 2021, Russian exports to Brazil totalled $5.7 billion with around 60% of operations relating to fertilizers.

Brazilian exports to Russia ran to a total of just over $1.5 billion, mainly for food products. EFE


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