Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov began his visit to Latin America on April 17, first landing in Brasilia for high-level talks with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio da Silva and Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira Lavrov argued that Russia is building a “multipolar” world, and Vieira rejected unilateral sanctions against Russia.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov talks about a multipolar world in Brazil
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov began his tour of Latin America on April 17, landing in Brazil for high-level discussions on energy and the economy with President Luiz Inacio da Silva and other Brazilian diplomats. The tour included visits to Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba, with the goal of strengthening cooperation and economic integration among the countries of the region.
When Lavrov met with Mauro Vieira of Brazil to talk about the difficulties Russia is currently facing, he insisted that Russia is helping to build a vision of a “multipolar” world. Lavrov said,:
Brazil and Russia have one vision. It is to build a more equitable, just, and law-based world order. We have a vision of a multipolar world, where we take into account not just a few countries, but many different countries.
Lavrovexpanded on this ideaand stated that Moscow is interested in resolving the Ukrainian conflict “as soon as possible,” but all solutions must fit into this multipolar world policy, where the United States does not dominate the international stage.
Denying US sanctions
Brazilian Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira also denied the sanctions imposed by the U.S. government against the Russian Federation and their impact on the Russian people. Vieira declared:
Brazil opposes unilateral sanctions because they are not approved by the UN Security Council and have a negative impact on the world economy.
During a recent visit to Russia, Brazilian President “Lula” condemned the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency and called for emerging countries to abandon the U.S. dollar and find an alternative currency instead.
The U.S. is expanding the scope of its sanctions against Russia. Recently, a group of Chinese companies that allegedly helped Russia acquire technology were placed on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s (OFAC) “list of companies,” triggering protests from the Chinese government.
Currently, the UN Security Council, of which Russia holds the presidency, has not enacted any sanctions against Russia, and some of the sanctions against the Conf