The Foreign Minister, Mauro Vieira.| Photo: Gustavo Magalhães/MRE.
Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira reiterated that Brazil would not send ammunition for tanks to Ukraine. The statement was made this Friday (17th) during the 59th Security Conference in Munich, Germany. The event brings together more than 40 world leaders.
According to Agência Brasil, the Brazilian government sees the measure as Brazil’s participation in the war. “Instead of waging war, we’d rather talk about peace,” said the Chancellor. Vieira stressed the country’s willingness to engage in mediation to reach a ceasefire and then negotiate peace: “Brazil is ready to help whenever possible,” he said.
Germany asked Brazil to supply the Ukrainians with ammunition for Leopard 2 main battle tanks, but President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) did not authorize the use. “I didn’t want to broadcast [munição], because if I order it, I will join the war. And I don’t want to go to war, I want to end the war. This is my dilemma and my obligation,” the president said in an interview with CNN on the last 10th. Lula defends the formation of a group to negotiate peace between Ukraine and Russia.
In Germany, Mauro Vieira held bilateral meetings with representatives of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Colombia, Slovenia, Malta, the Dominican Republic, the United Kingdom and Switzerland, as well as with the European Union’s High Representative for Economic Aliens and Security Policy.
The Munich Security Conference was established in 1962 and has grown into one of the most important global forums for discussion and reflection on the challenges to international peace and security. Minister Mauro Vieira’s agenda continues this Saturday (18) when, in addition to attending new bilateral meetings, he takes part in the panel in defense of the UN Charter and the rulesbased international order.