Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said in China on Saturday that the US should stop “encouraging” the war in Ukraine and seek peace instead.
“The United States needs to stop encouraging war and start talking about peace. The European Union needs to start talking about peace so that we can convince Putin and Zelensky that peace is in the interest of everyone and that war is only interesting, for now, to the two of them,” Lula told reporters.
While in China, the Brazilian leader said he discussed an idea with Chinese President Xi Jinping to form a group of countries that seek peace in Ukraine to push for negotiations.
“I have a theory that I have already defended with Macron, with Olaf Scholz of Germany, and with Biden, and yesterday, we discussed at length with Xi Jinping. It is necessary to constitute a group of countries willing to find a way to make peace,” Lula said.
The US has discouraged peace talks throughout the war while flooding Ukraine with weapons. The Biden administration has also come out strongly against Beijing’s efforts to push for peace in Ukraine. The White House said it opposed any calls for a ceasefire ahead of Xi’s recent trip to Moscow.
During his visit to China, Lula also spoke out against the US dollar’s hegemony as the world’s reserve currency. “Why should every country have to be tied to the dollar for trade?… Who decided the dollar would be the (world’s) currency?” he said. Ahead of Lula’s trip, China and Brazil signed a deal to trade in their own currencies.