Putin claims to have good relations with Lula and Bolsonaro

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he has good relations with Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) and Jair Bolsonaro (PL), the two candidates in the second round of elections. He was asked about the matter by Brazilian journalists at a business forum in Moscow on Thursday 27th.

Asked about the position of Russia regarding the elections in Brazil, the Russian president said: “We have good relations with Lula and we have good relations with Bolsonaro”, he declared. “We don’t interfere in domestic political processes — that’s the most important thing,” he added. According to him, Russia considers Brazil the “most important partner in Latin America, and we will do everything to ensure that these relations develop in the future”.

Putin also stated that, regardless of who is elected, cooperation with Russia must remain the same and even be expanded. “We know that, despite the sharp political dispute, in the internal political processes there is consensus (between Lula and Bolsonaro) on cooperation with Russia, consensus on our involvement in the BRICS, which is of fundamental importance to us,” he said, referring to to the bloc that includes Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Brazil, under Bolsonaro, has maintained relative neutrality in the confrontation, especially as it depends on Russian inputs such as fertilizers. Recently purchases of these agricultural products and also of oil were carried out.

Invasion in Ukraine

At the same event, Putin said that Russia defends its “right to exist” in the face of the West, which wants to “destroy it”. The Russians invaded Ukraine on February 24, and the conflict has intensified over the past month. “Russia is not challenging Western elites. Russia is just trying to defend its right to exist.”

For him, the next decade will be “the most dangerous” since the end of the second world war. “The next decade is probably the most dangerous, unpredictable and, at the same time, important decade since the end of the Second World War,” he said, adding that the situation is “to some extent revolutionary.”

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