Zelensky tells Brazil’s Bolsonaro: “You can’t be somewhere in the middle” on Russia-Ukraine war

Jo Shelley

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he told his Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro that he does not support Brasília’s “position of neutrality” on the war in Ukraine.

Zelensky told Bolsonaro that he wanted “support” from Brazil, according to a clip of his interview with Brazil’s GloboNews news channel, which Zelensky posted on his Telegram channel.

The Ukrainian president had previously tweeted about his call with Bolsonaro on Monday, although it is unclear when the conversation took place.

“You can’t be somewhere in the middle… I do not support such position. I told the President about it,” he added. 

Since the start of the invasion, Bolsonaro has avoided condemning or sanctioning Russia.

“The President of Brazil told me that he supports Ukraine, its sovereignty, but Brazil takes a position of neutrality,” Zelensky added.

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