BRASILIA (Reuters) – Foreign Minister Carlos Franca met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly, the Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. To use nuclear weapons after the country lost the war in Ukraine.
France and Lavrov met during the annual meeting of world leaders at UN headquarters in New York. According to Itamaraty’s post on Twitter, the two foreign ministers reiterated their concern about the effects of international sanctions on Russia on global food and energy security.
“The Foreign Minister recalled Brazil’s position in favor of a diplomatic solution leading to lasting peace in Ukraine, reiterated by the President in his speech at the UNGA (UN General Assembly),” the ministry said.
Russia has faced a series of sanctions from the European Union and the United States since its invasion of Ukraine in February.
On Wednesday, Putin called on 300,000 separatists to fight in Ukraine and backed plans to annex parts of the neighboring country.
The announcement follows mounting casualties and battlefield setbacks for Russian forces driven from territory they captured in northeastern Ukraine in a Ukrainian counteroffensive this month.
The two ministers also discussed topics on the bilateral agenda between Brazil and Russia, Idamaratti said.
“It is about providing fertilizers to Brazilian agribusiness. Russia is one of Brazil’s 15 largest trading partners and a major supplier of fertilizers. Between January and August 2022, bilateral trade will already total 7.1 billion dollars” , the folder said.
When the conflict erupted in Ukraine in February, Brazil had a strong impact on the supply of fertilizers, as it imported 85% of its consumption.
The Brazilian Foreign Ministry pointed out that the two countries will mark 194 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations on October 3, and that the strategic partnership contributes to cooperation initiatives in fields such as energy, space and agriculture.
(Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello)
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