Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has started his tour of Latin America, beginning in Brasilia for high-level talks with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio ‘Lula’ da Silva and Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira. Lavrov emphasized that Russia was building a “multipolar” world, while Vieira rejected the unilateral sanctions enacted against Russia. The tour will also include visits to Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba, aimed at strengthening cooperation and economic integration between countries in the region.
During his meeting with Brazilian counterpart Mauro Vieira, Lavrov stated that Russia and Brazil share a vision of a “multipolar” world, in which different countries are taken into account, not just a few. Lavrov also expressed Moscow’s interest in resolving the Ukrainian conflict as soon as possible, but only in a way that conforms to this multipolar world policy, without the U.S. dominating the international arena. Lavrov’s reception in Brazil was positive.
Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira rejected the sanctions that the U.S. government has enacted against Russia and their effects on the citizens of Russia. Vieira declared that Brazil is against unilateral sanctions because they have a negative impact on economies around the world. In his recent visit to Russia, Brazilian President ‘Lula’ took a shot at the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency, calling for emerging economies to ditch it and find alternatives instead. The U.S. has been extending the scope of the sanctions against Russia, causing concern among other countries.
Russia secured the provision of fertilizers to Brazil, which imports a significant number of these from the country. Brazil will increase its exports of meat to the Russian Federation, helping the country in its efforts to substitute products affected by sanctions. The UN Security Council, which is currently presided by Russia, has not enacted any sanctions against Russia, and some resolutions against the conflict have already been thwarted by the veto capability of the country.
Lavrov’s visit to Latin America is part of Russia’s strategy to strengthen its ties with the region and to promote a multipolar world order. The tour is expected to result in further economic cooperation and integration between Russia and Latin American countries.
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