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Brazil's Lula says Zelenskiy 'as responsible as Putin'...

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Brazil's Lula blames everyone for the Ukraine War

Brazil’s Lula says Zelenskiy ‘as responsible as Putin’ for Ukraine war

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil's former president, center, greets supporters outside of the Federal Police Headquarters in Curitiba, Brazil, on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019. A judge ordered Lula be released from jail following a high-profile court decision reversing rules for imprisoning convicts.
By Reuters
05 May 2022 2

BRASILIA, May 4 (Reuters) - Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said Russia never should have invaded Ukraine, but he believes Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is as much to blame for the war as Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

In an interview with Time magazine published on Wednesday, the leftist leader also said U.S. President Joe Biden could have done more to prevent the conflict instead of inciting it.

Lula, who is on Time’s cover this week, is front-runner for the October elections when he hopes to deny far-right President Jair Bolsonaro re-election and return to office after the annulment last year of corruption convictions that had put him in jail.

Lula said it is irresponsible for Western leaders to celebrate Zelenskiy because they are encouraging war instead of focusing on closed-door negotiations to stop the fighting.

“I see the President of Ukraine, speaking on television, being applauded, getting a standing ovation by all the European parliamentarians,” he told Time.

“This guy is as responsible as Putin for the war. Because in the war, there’s not just one person guilty,” he added.

Lula said Biden and European Union leaders failed to do enough to negotiate with Russia in the run-up to its invasion of Ukraine in February.

“The United States has a lot of political clout. And Biden could have avoided war, not incited it,” he said. “Biden could have taken a plane to Moscow to talk to Putin. This is the kind of attitude you expect from a leader.”

The United States and European Union could have avoided the invasion by stating that Ukraine would not join NATO, he said.

“Putin shouldn’t have invaded Ukraine. But it’s not just Putin who is guilty. The U.S. and the EU are also guilty,” Lula said.

(Reporting by Peter Frontini in BrasiliaEditing by Matthew Lewis)

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  • What absolute nonsense Lula is speaking. This from a man who has zero credibility and spent time in jail for fraud! Zelensky didn’t launch the war and why should he and Ukraine pander to the evil, wayward and demented machinations of an insecure and obnoxious KGB thug and mass murderer that is Putin, who has a false and inflated sense of history and Russia’s place in the world. Zelensky is rightly applauded for his courage and sincerity for the well-being of his country, something that Lula ompletely lacks. Following Lulas logic, the free world was just as responsible as Hitler for the 2nd world war if it takes two to tango. What drivel!

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